Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb warned towards evaluating the novel coronavirus to the flu Sunday, responding to remarks White House adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerSunday shows preview: Mail-in voting, USPS funding dominates political debate before conventions Newsweek apologizes for Kamala Harris op-ed Jared Kushner denies Trump ‘promoting’ questions about Kamala Harris MORE made earlier within the day.
CBS’ Margaret Brennan famous that within the earlier phase, Kushner had mentioned he was snug sending his youngsters again to highschool, arguing they have been “six times as likely” to die from flu as from the virus.
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“Well, I don’t know where the six times comes from. We need to be careful, I think, about making comparisons to flu. This infection hasn’t been as prevalent in children as flu is each year, there’s been about 330,000 diagnosed infections,” Gottlieb mentioned. “If you believe we’re diagnosing one in five to one in 10 infections in children, maybe there have been about three million kids who’ve been infected with this.”
Gottlieb conceded that coronavirus didn’t look like “as prevalent” in youngsters in comparison with the flu. However, he famous that along with some 90 youngsters’s deaths from the virus, there are indications that it could trigger inflammatory post-viral syndromes in youngsters in some case.
“So there’s a lot we don’t understand about COVID in kids. I think we need to be careful about making comparisons to flu and the death and disease we see in flu relative to COVID,” Gottlieb mentioned.
The former FDA commissioner additionally acknowledged that whereas he had anticipated a peak and decline in deaths by this level, “there’s been a fairly persistent level of infection, hospitalizations and deaths over the last couple of weeks.”
“We’ve had over a thousand deaths a day for at least two weeks now, over 50,000 infections a day on average,” he mentioned. “We hit 55,000 in the last day. Hospitalizations have come down a little bit, but they haven’t really started to decline very rapidly.”