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Ex-CDC Director: Easy to Open School, Tough to Stay Open

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A substitute teacher works from her home due to the coronavirus outbreak on April 1, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia.  (Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 26 July 2020 01:19 PM

The reopening of schools is not based on the low risk of children, but the risk of the community spread to elderly and vulnerable people, according to former CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden.

"The bottom line is, any community can open schools," Dr. Frieden, who served during the Obama administration, told "Fox News Sunday." "The hard part is opening them and keeping them open.

"And only a community that both controls COVID and opens schools carefully is going to be able to do that."

Dr. Frieden does admit data shows COVID-19 is about as risky for children as the seasonal flu, but the transmission from children to others at home is something that has be taken in consideration.

"One thing we know is that kids are way, way less likely to get seriously ill from COVID, about a thousand times less likely than adults," Frieden told host Chris Wallace. "In addition, the severity of COVID is fairly similar to the severity of a seasonal influenza for kids.

"But that's just one part of the equation: What about the staff, what about the teachers, what about people in the homes of kids – grandparents, others – that those kids could infect?"

President Donald Trump had attempted to push for reopening of schools this fall, potentially even threatening federal funding for schools refusing to reopen, but he has since softened his hardline stance and now acknowledges some schools might have to wait until infection rates in their communities are less pervasive.

"What we do know is that, if you have a lot of COVID in the community, you're going to have a lot of COVID in the school," Frieden concluded.

Current CDC Director Robert Redfield is still pushing for a safe reopening of schools this fall, outlining the protocols released last this week.

"It is critically important for our public health to open schools this fall," Redfield said Thursday, per Fox News. "The CDC resources released today will help parents, teachers and administrators make practical, safety-focused decisions as this school year begins.

"I know this has been a difficult time for our nation's families. School closures have disrupted normal ways of life for children and parents, and they have had negative health consequences on our youth. CDC is prepared to work with K-12 schools to safely reopen while protecting the most vulnerable."

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The reopening of schools is not based on the low risk of children, but the risk of the community spread to elderly and vulnerable people, according to former CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden."The bottom line is, any community can open schools," Dr. Frieden,...
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