There are no more excuses for schools to remain closed, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) herself, Rochelle Walensky said on Friday, Jan. 29, that there are no scientific arguments for them to remain closed and cited new studies to back it up.
Schools are already operating in the United States and Walensky told a news conference, they have experienced low transmission of the CCP Virus.
“CDC continues to recommend that K-12 schools be the last setting to close and the first to reopen when they can do so safely,” Walensky said at Friday’s press conference.
Walensky went on to say that the data they are working on collected from operating schools, summer camps, and other venues where children and adolescents participate ensure that not only do they have decreased rates of symptoms but also that transmissibility rates are low.
Consequently, the CDC stated, “School settings do not result in rapid spread of the virus.”
The latest studies considered by the CDC are the product of the agency’s own Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). And based on those studies, CDC researchers wrote, “Transmission risk within schools appeared low, suggesting that schools might be able to safely open with appropriate mitigation efforts in place. Current evidence suggests that transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) schools might not significantly contribute to COVID-19 spread nationwide.”
Former CDC director during the Trump administration, Dr. Robert Redfield, as early as November 2020 asserted that schools during the CCP Virus pandemic should remain open because they are “the safest place for children from a variety of aspects.”
This position is the one advocated by former President Trump, while the left and Democrats advocate endless quarantines and have been trying to boycott since the beginning of the pandemic.
Redfield said that those who advocate school closures only do so based on “emotional issues” or political interests, but not from a scientific basis or hard data.
“I’m here to say clearly that the data strongly supports that K-12 (elementary school students), as well as institutions of higher education, is really not where we’re having our problems,” he said.
Redfield even said that keeping children in school was critical to overall public health. Considering that there is enough scientific evidence to determine the severe damage to children from being locked up and not being able to share learning with their peers.
Dr. Scott Atlas, President Trump’s medical adviser, was one of the great opponents of mass confinement and, above all, he spoke out against keeping children and adolescents out of school, stating that the mental health problems that this population would suffer could not be reversed.
Indeed, the data confirms his concern. According to CDC reports the group of 18-24-year-olds who thought about suicide during June 2020 doubled from the previous year.
Compared with 2019, the proportion of mental-health-related visits by children aged 5 to 11 years and 12 to 17 years increased by approximately 24% and 31%, respectively,” the CDC said in the report.