Dr. Scott Atlas joins the list of scientists who say there is no scientific reason not to reopen schools in the fall. Only a political reason could do that, he said.
The former head of neurology at Stanford Medical Center, in an interview with Fox News, said the risk of children contracting the CCP Virus and dying is virtually zero. He added that children could rarely transmit the virus to adults, so under no circumstances could it justify them not returning to school in the fall.
The big fear, Atlas explained, is the risk to teachers. Of course, there are high-risk educators, but 82 percent of K-12 teachers are under 55. Half of them are under 41. In addition, he said, the data shows that children do not significantly transmit the disease to adults.
Speaking of children’s health, he said, the damage could be just as great if schools remain closed. “The problem here and the biggest point of all [is] I never hear anyone talk about the harms of closing schools,” he said. “The harms are against the children. Anyone who prioritizes children would open the schools.'”
Children are missing out on social interaction with their peers, which is critical to their maturation and learning to solve problems. This is something that cannot be learned from a computer, Atlas said.
For teachers in the risk category, they can use masks and social distance or, if they’re really concerned, stay home, Atlas suggested, saying, “There’s no reason to lock the kids up.”
Atlas’s findings add to those of many other professionals who are taking the same approach. Such is the case with a report from Townhall, published in the journal Pediatrics, which concludes that children rarely transmit the CCP Virus (COVID-19) to each other or to adults and that schools, as long as they follow appropriate social distancing guidelines and take into account transmission rates in their community, can and should reopen in the fall.
Another study, also mentioned in Townhall, states that in New South Wales, nine infected students and nine staff members in 15 schools exposed a total of 735 students and 128 staff members to the CCP Virus. There were only two secondary infections and one transmitted from an adult to a child.
As you know, the Trump administration strongly supports the idea that schools should reopen in the fall. And it assures that officials who say schools should be kept closed do so only for political reasons and not out of any real conviction or desire to care for the health of children.
President Trump is pressuring all states to reopen school districts in the fall, even saying he could withhold federal education funds from states that do not open their doors.
Now that we have witnessed it on a large scale basis, and firsthand, Virtual Learning has proven to be TERRIBLE compared to In School, or On Campus, Learning. Not even close! Schools must be open in the Fall. If not open, why would the Federal Government give Funding? It won’t!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2020