The number of deaths from the virus in the United States recently surpassed 200 thousand, but President Donald Trump is still dismissing the threat it poses.
At a rally earlier this week, Trump once again claimed that young people arre practically immune to the virus and called on local leaders to reopen their schools.
The President said:
"It affects elderly people. Elderly people with heart problems and other problems. If they have other problems, that's what it really affects, that's it. Y'know, in some states, thousands of people, nobody young. Below the age of 18, like nobody ... But it affects virtually nobody. It's an amazing thing."
Not only was Trump incorrect, but it was largely viewed as a cruel dismissal of the hundreds of thousands of lives lost.
Among those lives was the father of Kristin Urquiza.
Urquiza spoke passionately at the Democratic National Convention earlier this summer about how her father was a supporter of Trump's and believed the President's frequent dismissals of the virus. Urquiza said that trusting Trump cost her father his life.
She had a heartbreaking response to the President's claim that the virus affects "virtually nobody."
Her statement made clear that the nation hasn't only lost 200 thousand of its people, but that their deaths have lasting affects on those their lives touched.
Sadly, she was far from the only one to experience a loss personally.
And they pointed out that Trump's continued dismissal will only lead to more loss.