Gov. DeSantis Under Fire for Claiming No One Under 25 Has Died of Coronavirus

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is facing backlash for an inaccurate coronavirus statistic he quoted during a recent press briefing.

According to DeSantis, coronavirus does not appear to take a toll on children. He even went a step further saying that he does not believe anyone under the age of 25 has died from complications of coronavirus.

During Thursday’s press briefing, DeSantis was discussing the timeline for possibly reopening schools in Florida. He began sharing his observations of the virus and how it affected children.

“This particular pandemic is one where I don’t think nationwide there’s been a single fatality under 25,” DeSantis said. “For whatever reason, it just doesn’t seem to threaten, you know, kids.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) report, there have been four deaths related to the coronavirus of those between the age of 15 and 24. Additionally, there was one reported death of a child who was between one and 4 years old.

See DeSantis’ remarks below:

He continued, “And we lose in Florida between five and 10 kids a year for the flu. This one, for whatever reason, much more dangerous if you’re 65 and plus than the flu, no doubt about that. If you’re younger it just hasn’t had an impact. So that should factor into how we’re viewing this.”

He went on to share inaccurate details about data being “100% consistent” with his claims.

“I think the data on that has been 100% consistent,” he continued. “I’ve not seen any deviation on that.”

Shortly after DeSantis’ made the remarks, Twitter users began criticizing the governor’s leadership.

CNN’s Don Lemon also condemned DeSantis’ comments, citing the CDC concerns about coronavirus as it relates to individuals under the age of 25.

See some of the reactions below:

Although DeSantis has faced criticism for his comment, he did note that he would be looking at the “evidence” before making a decision about reopening schools in Florida.

“We’re going to look at the evidence and make a decision. If it’s safe we want kids to be in school,” DeSantis said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “If it’s safe we want kids to be in school. … Even if it’s for a couple of weeks, we think there would be value in that.”


  1. Pretty difficult to come up with accurate numbers since both Birks and Fauci have said anybody who dies that has the coronavirus, REGARDLESS of ANY underlying problems gets chalked up to death by coronavirus. Such a BLATANT misrepresentation of FACTS.

  2. “There is a pattern of ignorance-is it willful?” Michael

    Not necessarily. It depends on the individual.

    However, they ALL start from a place of ignorance. This is based on their social upbrining, family influence, a purposely broken educational system, religious influence, and from a culture of conservatism, including conservative partisan politics and media, etc.

    Add it all together and we end up incurious politicians, such as Dear Leader, Issa, Gov. Desantis, Senator Inhofe, and Gov. Brian Kemp, among many, many others.

    These are ALL placed in an office that they have no business holding because of their overall ignorance and incompetence. THAT is OUR fault. WE willing elect politicians who even unwittingly place us in harm’s way or, more recently, can directly kill us through their incompetence.

  3. There is a pattern of ignorance-is it willful? It is irresponsible for the heads of the federal and state governments to not be aware of the facts and to ignore the opinion of disease experts.

    1. “There is a pattern of ignorance.” YEPPERS, with EVERY comment you make.

  4. Yes, but there are more than just kids in a school and kids interact with more than just other kids throughout the day and when they go home. Schools weren’t closed just to keep kids safe.

    Hopefully, he isn’t actually seeing things with as much tunnel vision as this article seems to imply.

  5. “This particular pandemic is one where I don’t think nationwide there’s been a single fatality under 25,” DeSantis said. “For whatever reason, it just doesn’t seem to threaten, you know, kids.” Gov Desantis

    We MUST elect better politicians. It’s up to us.

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