by Penka Arsova
The Big Three networks’ evening newscasts skipped on Dr. Anthony Fauci’s recent remarks that schools should remain open.
What he said: Fauci made the comments in an interview with Martha Raddatz on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. He suggested that state and local leadership should avoid closing schools to battle the spread of the pandemic because the chances of children transmitting the virus are “low.”
“We say it, not being facetiously or having a soundbite or anything, but you know: close the bars, keep the schools open, is what we really say. Obviously, you don’t have one size fits all, but as I’ve said in the past, and as you accurately quoted me – the default position should be as best as possible, within reason, to keep the children in school and get them back to school. If you look at the data, the spread among children and from children is not really very big at all, not like one would have suspected,” he said.
“So let’s try to get the kids back. But let’s try to mitigate the things that maintain and push the kind of community spread we are trying to avoid. And those are the things you know well. The bars, the restaurants … those are the things that drive the community spread. Not the schools.”