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Trump Administration Removed Warning To Elderly Not To Fly Due To Coronavirus Risk, ‘Associated Press’ Reports

Jonathan Vankin - Author
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Mar. 7 2020, Updated 6:35 p.m. ET

With the coronavirus outbreak proving especially dangerous to the elderly, the Centers for Disease Control this week submitted a plan for containing further spread of the disease, including a recommendation that older Americans refrain from commercial air travel. The Trump administration has now ordered the warning to elderly people stricken from the CDC’s plan, according to report by The Associated Press.

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Earlier this week, Dr. Peter Hotez of Baylor University medical school told Congress that for older people, coronavirus “is like the angel of death.” The World Health Organization released statistics showing that while the overall death rate for coronavirus patients has held at about 2.3 percent, mortality increases with the age of the patient. People over 80 years old who contract the virus have died at a rate of about 15 percent, according to a report by Healthline.

The CDC and the administration have since issued some cautions against flying for the elderly, but none as specific as the CDC’s original suggestion that older Americans simply stay out of airplanes and airports altogether, according to the AP report.

“If you’re a senior citizen with a serious underlying health condition, this would be a good time to practice common sense,” Vice President Mike Pence, who has been tasked by Trump with leading the administration’s coronavirus response, said at a briefing on Saturday, as quoted by the AP. Pence singled out cruise ship travel as an activity that elderly people should avoid.

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