Prompted by a rise in the Delta variant, a group of Minnesota Democratic lawmakers is calling on Republicans to stop spreading what they term “dangerous misinformation” about COVID-19 and the vaccine. Saint Paul Senator Erin Murphy says June 25th on the Senate floor, Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said “the science of kids under 12 being at risk from COVID clearly says that they are not at risk… the number of kids under 12 that have died is very, very small”:
“Senator Gazelka is an insurance agent and I think he speaks in probabilities, but I am a registered nurse and I speak in terms of life and death.”
A spokesperson for Gazelka responds the majority leader’s comment was absolutely accurate: The CDC says most children with COVID have mild or no symptoms. Some might require hospitalization or intensive care and, in rare cases, they might die. Murphy points to a five-year-old with no underlying conditions dying of COVID this week in Georgia.