Given what we know about the coronavirus now, reopening schools in the fall should be something of a no brainer. As of July 1st, of 112,226 confirmed coronavirus deaths, only 171 people age 24 or younger had died from it, or 0.15% of the total. More people over the age of 100 have died from the coronavirus than 24 and under in the U.S.
Dr. Fauci warmed to the idea too earlier this month, saying that the idea of keeping schools closed in the fall over safety confirms is “a bit of a reach.” Those comments came days after Rand Paul made the case for reopening in a hearing with Fauci, where Paul pointed out that 22 European countries had reopened schools without any spike in cases. “Contact tracing studies in China, Iceland, Britain, and the Netherlands failed to find a single case of child-to-adult infection.” he elaborated.
President Trump has since said he’d put pressure on Governors to reopen schools, and then threatened to cut funding to schools that don’t. Trump also criticized the CDC on Wednesday in his calls to re open schools, calling their reopening guidelines “tough and expensive.” CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said that he would not be altering the CDC’s reopening guidelines in response to Trump’s comments – but did echo the calls to reopen schools
Redfield did stress that there would be a need to protest children with underlying conditions and teachers, and that the CDC is “prepared to work with each school or each school district.”
Author : Matt Palumbo