Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Redfield weighed into the ongoing debate about whether or not states should reopen schools in the fall amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, endorsing the idea wholeheartedly.
During an appearance on “Good Morning America,” Redfield said school-age children should return to school as they would suffer from a different public health crisis should they be prevented from doing so.
“It’s really important to get our schools open,” Redfield said, as the Daily Caller reports. “As I’ve said, it’s not public health versus opening the schools for the economy.”
“It’s public health versus public health,” he added. ” I think there really are a number of negative public health consequences that have happened to our K-12s by having these schools closed.”
Redfield explained the coronavirus crisis was “very hard to predict” but that schools should adopt every health safety guideline they can and reopen.
“It’s so important now to work together with the school districts to figure out how they can take our guidelines and operationalize them in a practical way. And to do it in a way that’s safe for those that are vulnerable,” he said.
The Daily Caller reports CDC even made the decision personal by saying he would be “100 percent” comfortable with letting his own grandchildren get back to school.
“The only one that there may be some reservation is my grandson with cystic fibrosis, depending on how he can be accommodated in the school that he’s in,” Redfield said. “But my other 10 grandchildren, of those, eight of them are school-aged, I’m 100% that they can get back to school.”
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