White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows Defends Trump’s False Claim That 99% of Cases Are ‘Harmless’

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows defended President Donald Trump’s false claim that 99% of coronavirus cases are “totally harmless” on Fox News:

I don’t even know that it’s a generalization. When you start to look at the stats and look at all the numbers we have, the amount of testing that we have, the vast majority of people are safe from this.

When you look at the deaths that we have, if you’re over 80 years of age or if you have three what they call co-morbidities: diabetes, hypertension, heart issues, then you need to be very, very careful. Outside of that, the risks are extremely low, and the president’s right with that and the facts and statistics back us up there.

Johns Hopkins University says the death rate in the U.S. from COVID-19 is 4.5%.

During a Fourth of July celebration, Trump said the U.S. has tested almost 40 million people and “by doing so, we show cases 99% of which are totally harmless,” reports POLITICO.

FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn did not provide evidence to support Trump’s false claim, notes Axios.

(Sources: Johns Hopkins University, POLITICO, Axios)

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