White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci was taken to task this week by Republican Sen. Rand Paul (KY).
Sen. Paul publicly insisted that Fauci reconsider his position that schools, in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus, ought to remain closed in the fall, the Washington Examiner reports.
Paul’s request came in a message that he posted to Twitter on Thursday.
“Evidence-based scientists around the world argue to open schools,” wrote Paul, himself a physician. “Please re-examine all the evidence Dr. Fauci!”
Paul linked an article by Wired entitled “The Case for Reopening Schools.”
“Schools are reopening in countries around the world in response to a substantial body of evidence that children are largely unaffected by Covid-19 and minimally contagious when they get infected,” writes author David Zweig. “Experts and policymakers abroad also acknowledge that school closures perpetuate a long list of known harms to children. Yet, oddly, the U.S. is following a divergent path.”
Evidence-based scientists around the world argue to open schools. Please re-examine all the evidence Dr. Fauci!
The Case for Reopening Schools | WIRED https://t.co/iyfVU7O4TK
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) May 14, 2020
Zweig goes on to cite multiple studies in support of sending children back to school. Read it here.
Dr. Fauci, however, seems to believe that children ought to remain home for the foreseeable future, or at least through the fall. What really seems to be getting to Paul, though, is that it is not really clear on what Fauci is basing his opinion.
One argument that Fauci has made is that children could be carriers.
“Even though you don’t get seriously ill, you could bring it to a person who would bring it to a person that would bring it to your grandfather, your grandmother or your elderly relative,” Fauci said. “That’s why everybody’s got to take this seriously, even the young.”
However, as the Washington Examiner notes, there is evidence from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment for the Netherlands that contradicts this opinion. So, again the question is, “on what evidence is Fauci basing his opinion?”
It is this question that is confusing many and that, no doubt, led to Paul’s face-to-face criticism that Fauci is not the “end-all.”