Florida Governor Wrongly Claims Coronavirus Doesn't 'Threaten Kids' — Though Children Have Died

“What we are starting to see is that there are some people who are younger, people your age — young, healthy, vigorous — who don’t have any underlying conditions who are getting seriously ill,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases, told NBA star Steph Curry during an interview on Instagram last month. “It’s still a very, very small minority, but it doesn’t mean that young people like yourself should say, ‘I’m completely exempt from any risk of getting seriously ill.’ ”

DeSantis had been criticized by some for refraining to issue a statewide stay-at-home order until April, weeks after other states.

“The governor’s order is welcome,” Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said, according to the Sun Sentinel, “But it is overdue, riddled with too many loopholes and will leave many open to contracting the COVID-19 virus.”

The Florida governor was also chastised for wearing just one protective glove during a coronavirus briefing on Wednesday, using his unprotected hand to touch his face in the process — a subtle habit health officials have repeatedly advised against doing to limit the chance of getting sick.

The governor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from PEOPLE.

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