Trump keeps lying that children are almost immune to the coronavirus and is pushing schools to reopen without having a plan to ensure it is done safely. Meanwhile, evidence continues to mount that children can suffer serious harm from infection and spread COVID-19, yet Trump is not tracking new outbreaks in schools, making it even harder to control the virus.
The CDC says that the rate of coronavirus infections in children has been “steadily increasing.”
CNN: “Health experts say children make up more than 7% of all coronavirus cases in the US — while comprising about 22% of the country’s population — and the number and rate of child cases have been ‘steadily increasing’ from March to July. The data was posted alongside updated guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for pediatricians that also includes what is known about the virus in children.”
Axios: “Mirroring almost every other pandemic trend, Black and Latino children have had it worse than white children. Hispanic children have been hospitalized eight times more than white children, per the CDC. Black children have been hospitalized five times more.”
Dr. Fauci warned that the coronavirus can have “really troublesome” long-term effects on children.
CNN: “Fauci says Covid-19’s long-term effects, especially in young people, are ‘really troublesome’”
CNN: “The top infectious disease doctor in the US, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said Monday, ‘We’d better be careful when we say ‘Young people who don’t wind up in the hospital are fine, let them get infected, it’s OK.’ No, it’s not OK.’”
A growing number of schools that tried to reopen are being forced to shut down again due to coronavirus outbreaks.
Wall Street Journal: “A growing number of schools nationwide are closing temporarily or longer term just days after reopening as the coronavirus pandemic threatens to upend another school year. Schools in several states, including Indiana, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Georgia, closed to in-person learning this month after students and staffers tested positive for Covid-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, sending thousands into quarantine and remote learning.”
Washington Post: “UNC-Chapel Hill pivots to remote teaching after coronavirus spreads among students during first week of class”
The Trump administration is not tracking outbreaks in schools, making it harder to control the virus.
NBC News: “Coronavirus cases are already surfacing in K-12 schools that have reopened, but the federal government is not tracking these outbreaks, and some states are not publicly reporting them, making it more difficult to determine how the virus is spreading, experts say.”
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