Dr. Tony Fauci appeared on Capitol Hill Tuesday to testify before members of Congress. The topic, of course, was the ongoing debate over when and how to reopen the country at schools and workplaces amid the coronavirus pandemic, when to do it, and how quickly.
Dr. Fauci left no doubts about how he feels on that question. Opening up now, he said, after just two months of lockdowns, is a very risky, indeed a dangerous, prospect. Letting Americans work and learn once again could be a catastrophe, he said.
And he wasn’t just referring to a handful of hotspots that have been hit especially hard. Entire states, Fauci said, likely need to remain closed.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: What I’ve expressed then and again, is my concern that if some areas city, states or what have you jump over those various checkpoints and prematurely open up without having the capability of being able to respond effectively and efficiently. My concern is that we will start to see little spikes that might turn into outbreaks.
So just to be clear, Fauci was not simply talking about certain workers or even all workers staying at home for the foreseeable future. He implied that schools and colleges will be able to reopen only if there is a cure for this virus or a vaccine. He said that prospect was a bridge too far.
In other words, no school until the coronavirus has been cured — stopped.
The problem is there is currently no approved vaccine for any of the several coronaviruses out there. We still don’t have one for SARS. So, that may never happen. Once again, it has never happened.
Fauci’s recommendation was headline news at almost every media outlet instantly. “Fauci cautions about schools, colleges reopening in the fall,” said the LA Times. “Fauci warns Senate the reopening U.S. too quickly could lead to avoidable suffering and death.” And so predictably on with the hysteria.
Fauci says that children must stay home or countless people will die — that’s the message. And so I’m just going to ask a very simple question: How does he know this exactly? Is Tony Fauci right about the science? Do we have any particular reason to think he is right?
Well, right now there is an awful lot of evidence indicating that America should cautiously reopen. Sweden never shut down at all, and it doesn’t appear much worse than the United States on average.
Many countries in Europe have reopened schools, and they have not seen a spike in cases. The state of Georgia partially reopened weeks ago, to much hysteria and finger-wagging from the press, and yet hospitalizations in the state of Georgia are lower than ever.
No one has explained why exactly schools specifically must stay closed. There’s a huge cost to that — massive. An entire generation of young people are not being educated because, let’s not lie to ourselves, they are not. And yet as of right now, very few people under 18 have been seriously hurt by the coronavirus.
So, when he was asked about that, Fauci simply said, we don’t know that children are “completely immune to the virus.” Complete immunity? Since when is that a requirement?
Children are not completely immune. Indeed, they’re vulnerable to countless diseases, many of which are far more dangerous than this one. The flu, for example, is much more dangerous for young people than the Wuhan coronavirus. This is not a talking point. It’s factually true. Look it up.
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