President Donald Trump continued his efforts to re-open schools on Thursday, as autumn approaches, regardless of the outbreak of the US corona virus. He added that closing schools "also causes death".
Trump urged Democrats to work with Republicans to pass the latest coronavirus discharge law, which currently contains $ 105 billion, to help schools reopen for personal learning in the fall. Democratic leadership has criticized the bill for omitting key aid measures that Democrats included in the $ 3 trillion aid package approved in May.
In his call to reopen schools, Trump reiterated that the risk of Covid-19 patients becoming seriously ill and dying from the disease decreases with age. An underlying disease like diabetes and obesity, however, increases the risk of dying from Covid-19 in patients of all ages, including the very young, warned the country's leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci. Children in the United States were previously infected with Covid-19 and some were hospitalized and even died.
"The lower their age, the lower the risk," Trump said Thursday at a press conference in the White House. "We have to remember that there is another side. Keeping them away from school and keeping work closed also causes death. Economic harm, but it causes death for various reasons, but death. Probably more death. "
The president also stated that if some government or local officials choose not to reopen schools, he believes that school funding should be reallocated to parents. Earlier this month, Trump made a similar threat that he could withhold federal funding from schools that won't resume personal lessons this fall.
"We say if a school doesn't want to open or if a governor doesn't want to open, maybe for political reasons and maybe not, but there is some of it, the money should go to parents so they can send their children in the school of their choice, "said Trump on Thursday. "If the schools remain closed, the money should follow the students so that families have control over decisions about their sons and daughters, about their children."
The question of whether and how schools in the United States should reopen in the fall has become a hotbed in recent weeks. Some epidemiologists, including Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, has determined that it would be a tragedy if even one child dies from the reopening of schools at Covid-19 should shape politics. Others have warned that even if the risk of serious illness and death for children is relatively low, the role that young people play in the spread of the virus has not yet been clearly understood and may act as a vehicle that triggers new outbreaks.
In an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday, Meira Levinson, Professor of Pedagogy at Harvard, writes with the infectious disease scientist Dr. Muge Cevik and the epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch that the reopening of schools, especially for elementary school students, in the US is both crucial and feasible. However, they add that, to do this safely, communities should make every effort to control outbreaks before school reopens.
"Any region with moderate, high, or increasing transmission rates in the community should do everything to reduce transmission," they wrote, adding that other countries have not closed essential indoor shops and recreation rooms to control the outbreak . "Such measures, along with wearing universal masks, must now be implemented in the United States if we want to reduce the number of cases to a safe level so that elementary schools can reopen nationwide this fall."