Dr. Anthony Fauci hit back at Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., for suggesting schools should be reopened in the fall, warning the U.S. should not be "cavalier" in "thinking that children are completely immune from the deleterious effects."
Fauci was responding to a sharp retort by Paul saying Fauci was not the "end all" in knowledge about the coronavirus and it was "ridiculous" to suggest children should be kept out of school in the fall.
"It's not to say this isn't deadly, but really, outside of New England, we've had a relatively benign course for this virus nationwide," Paul said. "And I think the one-size-fits-all, that we're going to have a national strategy and nobody is going to go to school, is kind of ridiculous. We really ought to be doing it school district by school district, and the power needs to be dispersed because people make wrong predictions."
The back-and-forth happened at a Senate panel hearing on the U.S. response to the pandemic and reopening phases.
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