Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the government’s top public health officials says that he supports the re-opening of schools under the CDC’s (Center for Disease Control) guidance amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Thursday,
“I would back the CDC recommendations because that is really based on data… we need to try and get the children back to school and that's the goal of President Biden that in the next 100 days to get the K-8’s back in school.”
CDC officials published a study on Tuesday, stating that schools should resume and return to in-person learning as soon as possible, as long as they continue to properly enforce social distancing rules and use masks. The research offered guidance for school administrators, local officials, and parents on how to safely open schools and limit the spread of the coronavirus.
Reopening schools during the pandemic has become a political discussion across the country, and the new Biden administration has promised to reopen schools soon.
“It's less likely for a child to get infected in the school setting than if they were just in the community.”
Fauci stated that vaccine distribution is the absolute “top priority” of the Biden administration and that they seek to vaccinate as many as possible in the shortest period of time. Fauci also predicted a sense of normalcy later this year in the fall. Still, he warns that the pandemic could worsen with the large number of current cases.
The total number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. is now over 26 million, with roughly 430,000 deaths and a 3% death rate.