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Arkansas Congressman Rick Crawford has said that he doesn't know if COVID-19 is worse than the common cold.
The Republican congressman toldhost Alicia Acuna that he was "not downplaying the severity of the pandemic" with his comments, which he prefaced by clarifying that he believes the virus is real.
Arkansas GOP congressman Rick Crawford says that he doesn't think covid is any worse than the common cold. pic.twitter.com/wd8d6wrFYR
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"I believe that the COVID virus is real," he said. "However, I don't know that it's any worse than the common cold, and we somehow managed to get through the common cold as we developed overtime vaccinations and herd immunity and things of this nature."
He added: "We have to learn to live" with the virus.
Acuna did not press him on the comments, before moving on to a question about the ongoing negotiations over an infrastructure bill.
Since the start of the pandemic, 613,092 people have died of the virus in the United States, according to data from John Hopkins University. Worldwide, more than 4 million people have died due to COVID-19.data going back to 2010 shows that anywhere between 12,000 and 61,000 people have died from the flu in a given year.
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The remarks received backlash on social media.
"Maybe he needs to talk to the grieving relatives of those who died from Covid or visit the hospital and talk to people in the ICU,"user @MollyBrown28 wrote.
"Common cold vaccinations and herd immunity? More than 200 viruses are known to cause the common cold," wrote user @Woofkoof. "People don't generally die in large numbers from colds. The US alone has over half a million deaths from COVID."
In Arkansas, more than 6,000 people have died of the virus, and cases are quickly climbing due to the highly virulent Delta variant. More than 2,500 new cases were reported Friday, compared to 686 cases a month earlier on June 30, according to John Hopkins.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, has pushed for some members of the party to take the pandemic and vaccinations more seriously. He said there should not be a partisan divide surrounding the pandemic and vaccines.
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"There shouldn't be a partisan divide first of all. But, clearly, conservative is more hesitant about government authority. That's just the nature of it. And so, I think in the Southern states and some rural states, you have that more conservative approach, skepticism about government," Hutchinson said early July onNews' This Week.
Hutchinson has received backlash from some residents for his approach to the pandemic.
"As I go into these town hall meetings, someone said, 'Don't call it a vaccine, call it a bioweapon.' And they talk about mind control," Hutchinson said on's State of the Union. "Well, those are obviously erroneous. Other members of the community correct that."
Newsweek reached out to Crawford's Washington D.C. office for comment. This story will be updated with any response.
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