President Donald Trump speaks during a July 28 interview with Axios national political correspondent Jonathan Swan. (Screen grab courtesy of HBO)
President Donald Trump speaks during a July 28 interview with Axios national political correspondent Jonathan Swan. (Screen grab courtesy of HBO)

President Donald Trump is being taken to task over his nonchalant “it is what it is” response when asked about the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed roughly 157,000 American lives.

Trump insisted the virus is under control despite 1,000 Americans dying each day.

“They are dying, that’s true,” Trump said in a July 28 interview with Axios’ Jonathan Swan that aired Tuesday. “And you have — it is what it is. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t doing everything we can. It’s under control as much as you can control it.”

Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned parents and doctors that it expects another outbreak this year of a rare but life-threatening condition that mostly affects children.

While rare, parents and doctors should be vigilant to recognize symptoms of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) that leads to permanent paralysis or life-threatening respiratory failure in previously healthy patients, according to the CDC.

Symptoms can include recent or current respiratory illness, fever, pain or numbness in limbs, difficulty walking, talking or swallowing, headache, back or neck pain, or facial weakness.

“As we head into these critical next months, CDC is taking necessary steps to help clinicians better recognize signs and symptoms of AFM in children,” said CDC Director Robert Redfield.

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