U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Monday that the average age of death from the spreading coronavirus is 80.
“If you are a child or young adult, you are more likely to die from the flu, if you get it, than you are to die from coronavirus,” he said at a White House press briefing. “So, there is something about being young that is protective.”
Adams said young adults and minors face higher risk of death from influenza than from the respiratory disease COVID-19, which is caused by the coronavirus. But he said Americans should still take precautions to avoid spreading the coronavirus to more vulnerable people in their communities.
“People over the age of 60 are much more likely to develop complications from the coronavirus and to be hospitalized,” he said.
Surgeon general: “If you are a child or young adult, you are more likely to die from the flu, if you get it, than you are to die from coronavirus. So, there is something about being young that is protective.” https://t.co/mwpcexQZkh pic.twitter.com/IepUqFDQXH
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 9, 2020
President Donald Trump has downplayed the threat from the coronavirus, outraging many of his critics.
On Tuesday, Trump said he has not been tested for the coronavirus. He said he was examined by the White House’s physician, but has no symptoms of the disease.
“I don’t think it’s a big deal. I would do it. I don’t feel that any reason…I feel extremely good. I feel very good,” Trump told reporters at the U.S. Capitol following his meeting with Senate Republicans on the coronavirus response.
Five other Republican officials have self-quarantined after they came into contact with a person who had the coronavirus at the Conservative Political Action Conference
Trump also said Tuesday he will ask Congress for a payroll tax cut and other “very major” stimulus moves to ease the economic pain of the coronavirus, but the details remain unclear.
- U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams speaks at a press briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C., on March 9, 2020.: Screen grab