Dr. Anthony Fauci had challenged his critics to 'go and look at the tape' on the topic of school reopening. Below is a compilation of his statements on the issue over time. View it yourself and form your own opinion.
Dr. FAUCI: Go and look at the tape. You know the tale of the tape, when I kept on saying over and over again, we've got to get the children back to school. We have to start implementing both containment and mitigation.
And what was done when you do closing the school is mitigation. If you have a situation in which you don't have a real good control over an outbreak, and you allow children to gather together, they likely will get infected.
And if they get infected, the likelihood that they will bring the infection home. So that really is a risk. And we don't know everything about this virus, and we really better be very careful, particularly when it comes to children.
You can't treat all schools the same because they're in different phases of the outbreak. It depends on where you are. There may be some areas that the level of virus is so high that it would not be prudent to bring the children back to school.
Are we looking at, frankly, many months of virtual learning in some places? Judy, that may be the case. You can't make one statement about bringing children back to school in this country. It depends on where you are.
So if you want your schools to open, get your community level down when you get into the yellow zone. And in the red zone, it becomes different. You have to do certain mitigations. And he really wants to and believes that the schools need to reopen in the next 100 days.
Essentially all the K to eight schools within 100 days. That's the goal. That may not happen. The schools really do need more resources, and that's the reason why the National Relief Act that we're talking about getting passed; we need that school.
Credit: Compilation by DeSantis War Room