According to reports, Facebook has removed a post from US President Donald Trump’s page due to false claims about the coronavirus.
The clip on the president’s page was from an interview with FOX News in which he said children were “almost immune” to Covid-19.
Facebook stated the post violated its rules regarding “harmful Covid misinformation”. This is not the first time Facebook has removed content from Trump’s page. Also Read– Axios interview with Donald Trump
A Facebook spokesperson told US media on Wednesday evening: “This video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation.”
Trump says children are immune to COVID-19
Through a telephone interview, President Trump argued it was time for all schools to reopen nationwide.
He said: “If you look at children, children are almost – and I would almost say definitely – almost immune from this disease.
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“So few, they’ve got stronger, hard to believe, I don’t know how you feel about it, but they’ve got much stronger immune systems than we do somehow for this.
“And they don’t have a problem, they just don’t have a problem.”
He also said of coronavirus: “This thing’s going away. It will go away like things go away.”
Are children immune to the coronavirus
Children can catch and transmit the virus, but they run an extremely low risk of becoming ill from it.
Adults – and particularly older adults – are far more likely to be seriously ill and die from complications.
The largest study done so far, involving more than 55,000 hospital patients, found that only 0.8% were under the age of 19.
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Half of all the people with confirmed coronavirus who were admitted to critical care units in England, Wales and Northern Ireland were 60 or older as of 31 July, according to a research charity.
A recent US study of coronavirus cases among 7,780 children from 26 countries found almost one in five patients had no symptoms. Another one in five developed lesions on their lungs during the infection.