Fauci NOW says to ‘keep the schools open’ and triggers massive anger online
Amidst a COVID-19 surge that he claims could get worse, Dr. Anthony Fauci has nonetheless reaffirmed that schools should stay open or reopen with appropriate safety protocols because kids are at low risk for the spread of the virus. Bars and restaurants should be shuttered, he insisted, however.
“The default position should be to try as best as possible within reason to keep children in school, to get them back to school,” he said on ABC’s This Week program on Sunday. In response, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R.– Ky.) took to Twitter to imply that it is about time.
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was responding to a question from anchor Martha Raddatz (sitting in for George Stephanopoulos) about how he would advise, as she put it, the incoming Biden administration on a unified response, particularly since New York City has shut down its school system (a decision subsequently reversed at least for elementary school children).
Even Fauci, who spends a lot of his time doing TV interviews that could be devoted to looking through a microscope, studying additional data, or interacting with patients, conceded that one size does not fit all. This is an admission rarely articulated by public health officials during the pandemic at a time when many contradictory statements have emerged.
“Close the bars and keep the schools open is what we really say. Obviously, you don’t have one size fits all. But as I said in the past and as you accurately quoted me, the default position should be to try as best as possible within reason to keep children in school, to get them back to school. The best way to ensure the safety of the children in school is to get the community level of spread low. So, if you mitigate the things that you know are causing spread in a very, very profound way, in a robust way, if you bring that down, you will then indirectly and ultimately protect the children in the school because the community level is determined how things go across the board. So my feeling would be the same thing,” Dr. Fauci explained.
“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. So let’s try to get the kids back, but let’s try to mitigate the things that maintain and just push the kind of community spread that we’re trying to avoid. And those are the things that you know well. The bars, the restaurants where you have capacity seating indoors without masks; those are the things that drive the community spread, not the schools.”
Rand Paul, a medical doctor whose specialty is ophthalmology, has engaged in public disagreements with Fauci over COVID policy.
The senator took to Twitter to recall that he championed back-to-school efforts and claimed that Fauci should apologize to parents and school-age children for apparently during lockdown scenarios suggesting otherwise.
I told him this multiple times this summer. https://t.co/LspBtxtU6D
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) November 29, 2020
While Fauci still garners respect in some or many quarters, non-Fauci fans, including additional well-known influencers, weighed in on Twitter. Here is sample:
Dr Fauci doesn’t get to say “Oopsie, your kids can go to school now.” He’s not an opinion commentator. He’s a coronavirus czar whose edicts influence hundreds-of-millions of lives.
Fauci is the greatest con artist of our time.
— Cerno (@Cernovich) November 29, 2020
This freaking FAUCI. He’s been WRONG every step of the way. 1. In JANUARY: Don’t worry about COVID 2. In MARCH: Don’t wear a mask 3. In SEPTEMBER: We won’t have a vaccine this year. No Wonder the Fake News LOVES him. He’s always WRONG!!! pic.twitter.com/5urylbTeZM
— Greg Kelly (@gregkellyusa) November 29, 2020
As a middle school teacher, I cannot adequately convey the misery and despair this shut die inflicted on students everywhere. Student suicide, abuse and neglect, anxiety and depression, all skyrocketed over the summer and Fauci remained mum. Unions and pols are equally guilty
— l munoz (@RedRunnerLea) November 29, 2020
Dr. Fauci has changed his recommendations often, and President Trump has been blamed over and over for not following science as a result.
— Blaine Pardoe (@bpardoe870) November 30, 2020
For starters, he owes every American an apology for heralding himself as the nation's lead epidemiologist and then brazenly lying to us about mask usage in March (which he's admitted to), sparking mass confusion/distrust.
— Willie Brown wants his $ back (@Freedomlovesme) November 29, 2020
He lied. Why can’t you just admit it. 93% of people have been wearing masks and SD, numbers are going up. This whole thing is a big lie… all to bring Trump down and China was In on it…
— ❤️mycountry (@lamvali) November 29, 2020
Schools do need to be reopened. Suicide among school aged children is UP. Children need school for many reasons not just learning to read and write.
— Nicole (@NurseNicoler89) November 30, 2020
Why the hell does FAUCI go on TV all the time? He never actually says anything. It’s all GENERAL, NON-COMMITTAL, bureaucratic-speak. Maybe he says NOTHING because he was BURNED so many times for by being wrong. Still doesn’t explain his LUST FOR THE CAMERA. Audition ? $ ? pic.twitter.com/ygZn23I0rw
— Greg Kelly (@gregkellyusa) November 30, 2020
Rand Paul is right about Fauci and he’s right about the election. Fauci is a fraud and the election was fraudulent. Rand Paul is the smartest guy in Congress and everyone knows it.
— First Words (@unscriptedmike) November 30, 2020
Dr. Fauci stopped being a scientist decades ago. He is nothing more than a swamp creature drunk on his own power.
— thebradfordfile™ (@thebradfordfile) November 30, 2020
Dr. Fauci basically admitted today that closing schools because of the virus was a scam.
These people are evil.
— thebradfordfile™ (@thebradfordfile) November 30, 2020