When five doctors appear on a panel on MSNBC and every one of them says that schools should open in the fall for in-person instruction, is presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden really agreeing with “science” when he advocates for keeping them closed?
According to Breitbart, Biden collapsed under pressure from leftists on Friday night with a tweet alleging that it is too “dangerous” to send kids back to school this fall — an allegation that stands in opposition to the opinion of those five doctors on MSNBC, as well as the 20 other countries that have done so with few if any problems.
The former vice president tweeted Friday:
Everyone wants our schools to reopen. The question is how to make it safe and how to make it stick. Forcing educators and students back into classrooms in areas where infection rates are going up or remaining too high is just plain dangerous. pic.twitter.com/8OeTj2eWdt
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) July 17, 2020
The “science” on schools
As Breitbart reported, MSNBC recently spoke to five pediatricians about sending kids back to school, and every single one of them not only advocated doing so, but also said they would be sending their own kids back to school. Clearly, host Craig Melvin was not expecting that reaction; he appeared shocked by the unanimity of the responses, Breitbart noted.
The doctors pointed out that children not only get the coronavirus less than adults, but they also have milder cases and complications are rare. According to The Washington Post, only 200 of over 140,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. have been in people under age 25.
But while it’s fine and good to say that children are not at risk for serious complications or death from the coronavirus, what about kids who do get sick spreading the virus to their adult teachers or bringing it home to their families?
Evidence from other countries has shown that Biden is wrong on that count, too: children do not typically transmit the coronavirus to adults, studies show. In fact, extensive contact tracing in Iceland showed no cases of child-to-adult transmission in the entire country, according to National Review, although other evidence has shown that children can be contagious in some cases.
“It’s time to do it”
But in some countries, even when children are not made to social distance, outbreaks have been rare, as Science magazine reported earlier this month. It seems that science is showing that it is possible to make school work for kids — and that likely comes as good news to President Donald Trump.
“We want to reopen the schools,” the president said at a press conference earlier this month, according to a White House transcript. “Everybody wants it. The moms want it, the dads want it, the kids want it. It’s time to do it.”
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on school reopenings:
“The science should not stand in the way of this.” pic.twitter.com/w6H9DM0uTV
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 16, 2020