Donald Trump has sensationally called for schools to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, ignoring the warnings of his own coronavirus task force member Dr Anthony Fauci.
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said that the “consequences could be really serious” if areas, such as schools, were to reopen ahead of schedule.
While testifying before the Senate on Tuesday urged people to reconsider the misguided belief that children are somehow immune to the disease.
If you think we have it completely under control, we don’t.
The idea of having treatments available or a vaccine to facilitate re-entry of students into the fall term would be something that would be a bit of a bridge too far.
[People should not be] cavalier in thinking that children are completely immune to the deleterious effects.
Despite this coming from an expert on deadly viral diseases Trump is still pushing for schools to reopen during the pandemic as in his belief, coronavirus “attacks age” and he thinks that the illness has “very little impact on young people”.
Speaking to the press at the White House on Wednesday, the president said:
This is a disease that attacks age, and it attacks health. But with the young children, and the students … just take a look at the statistics, it’s pretty amazing.
I think that they should open the schools, absolutely … it’s had very little impact on young people.
Our country’s gotta get back, and it’s got to get back as soon as possible, and I don’t consider our country coming back if the schools are closed.
Trump keeps justifying his push to reopen schools by insisting the coronavirus has "very little impact on young people," but that's a lie pic.twitter.com/wNx4xHgN3H
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 13, 2020
Trump’s statement that coronavirus “attacks age’ and has “little impact on young people” isn’t accurate in the slightest.
Although stats do show that it is mostly the older generation that has been affected by the coronavirus, there have been reports of fatalities amongst children as young as five years old.
A six-week-old baby in the US state of Connecticut also died from coronavirus in April, with a child of the same age in England also dying from Covid-19 on 8 May, proving that the disease does not discriminate purely on age.
On top of this, Trump has clearly forgotten that it’s not just young people who will be in the schools, as most teachers aren’t exactly spring chickens either.
To remedy this, the president suggested that teachers that are over the ages of “60 or 65 years old” should not teach in-person “for a while” which sounds like both a recipe for disaster (come on we’ve all been there when a teacher would live a room for two minutes; all hell would break loose) and doesn’t really address the problem of younger teachers, who, just like anyone else, are also susceptible to the virus.
Trump has also apparently failed to read up on a newer syndrome, related to coronavirus, which has affected up to 100 children in the UK and is reportedly similar to Kawasaki disease.
Even Trump’s 2020 election opponent Joe Biden mocked the president telling anyone to not take advice from a guy who “pondered injecting disinfectant into the body.”
I would trust the guy who’s one of our nation's top public health experts, not the one who pondered injecting disinfectant into the body and looked directly at a solar eclipse. https://t.co/nMJz1nogpW
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 13, 2020
Needless to say, Trump’s belief that coronavirus has ‘little impact on young people’ is complete nonsense.