The director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated on Friday that schools are low-risk for spreading COVID-19 and thus should reopen first.
Which is something all the rest of us have been saying for what feels like forever now.
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“Accumulating data suggests school settings do not result in rapid spread of COVID-19 when mitigation measures are followed,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, said during a press briefing. The mitigation measures include wearing masks, staying 6 feet apart, and proper ventilation.
She also noted that the CDC recommends that K-12 schools should be the last to close after all other mitigation measures have been employed.
“They should also be the first to reopen when they can do so safely,” Walensky said.
Many teachers unions have resisted returning to the classroom, at times demanding that teachers be vaccinated first.
Or, maybe, just maybe, these teachers don’t want to go back to work and just collect paychecks for doing nothing? Not all of them of course, but let’s be real, that is a motivation for many of them.
President Joe Biden has proposed a plan that would get all children back to school within the next 100 days, but Anthony Fauci, his chief medical adviser and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases says that might not happen.
“[Biden] believes that the [K-8] schools need to reopen in the next 100 days,” Fauci stated on Thursday. “That’s the goal. That may not happen because there may be mitigating circumstances, but what he really wants to do is everything within his power to help get to that.”
Well, it’ll definitely not happen with that attitude, Dr. Doom.