As if things in the world couldn’t get any more looney, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany spoke with reporters and assured them that Trump’s decision to reopen schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic was not only the best, but it was also in line with a recent report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Although many parents are concerned about the safety and health of their children, both the CDC and Trump administration seem to feel the fears are ridiculous and unmerited. According to the CDC’s revised guidelines, “scientific studies suggest that COVID-19 transmission among children in schools may be low” and if precautions are followed, “the rate of infection among younger school children—and from students to teachers—are low.”
The revision of the CDC’s COVID-19 report for young children comes at a very interesting time, actually. Trump has made it very clear that he supports the reopening of schools, yet at the same time he canceled the Republican National Convention in Florida over COVID-19 concerns. He makes it clear that he understands the danger and the impact of COVID-19 on the immune system, yet he seems to feel that this is not something that will affect children the way it does adults. The CDC agrees.
The CDC’s guidelines make it clear that “the available evidence provides reason to believe that in-person schooling is in the best interest of students, particularly in the context of appropriate mitigation measures similar to those implemented at essential workplaces.” With such “scientific evidence” how can one possibly question whether a child will be safe?
This concern over the health of children was the main focus at the White House when reporters continued to ask White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany if the decision to reopen schools was the best idea. Of course, she stated that it was. McEnany made Trump’s position clear when she said, “schools are a different situation when you have children who are not affected the same way as adults.” It appears that the CDC found a way to support the reopening of schools when they revised their original guidelines that suggested everyone distance themselves…especially children and the elderly.
It can be frightening when political agendas shake hands with scientific health findings. It’s a deadly partnership because you never know if “scientific studies” are truly based on fact or if they are merely guided by an agenda that was presented to them.
Saying that children ages 10-19 can’t transmit the virus like adults is like saying “don’t worry, the virus only attacks certain people…not all.” If you have a weakened immune system, or if your immune system is still developing, you will be at risk. Bottom line. Some things we can figure out on our own. Too bad the Trump administration and the CDC don’t realize that.