The Democratic Party and the main-stream media (what’s the difference these days) likes to tout that their policies are based on opinions of the experts and influenced by science and that Republicans—and especially President Trump—are anti-science.
Supposing this is true, then it would seem that since the media is seemingly against schools reopening this fall, it would be fair to assume that trusted organizations like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have given guidance indicating heightened risk associated with schools reopening this fall.
However, that is the exact opposite of reality. It seems that the Democrats are (unsurprisingly) putting politics above the well-being of children simply because President Trump made a recommendation which is consistent with the CDC and AAP. According to the Daily Wire, AAP said in a statement,
“The AAP strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school. The importance of in-person learning is well-documented, and there is already evidence of the negative impacts on children because of school closures in the spring of 2020. Lengthy time away from school and associated interruption of supportive services often results in social isolation, making it difficult for schools to identify and address important learning deficits as well as child and adolescent physical or sexual abuse, substance use, depression, and suicidal ideation. This, in turn, places children and adolescents at considerable risk of morbidity and, in some cases, mortality.”
The AAP added,
“SARS-CoV-2 appears to behave differently in children and adolescents than other common respiratory viruses, such as influenza, on which much of the current guidance regarding school closures is based. Although children and adolescents play a major role in amplifying influenza outbreaks, to date, this does not appear to be the case with SARS-CoV-2. Although many questions remain, the preponderance of evidence indicates that children and adolescents are less likely to be symptomatic and less likely to have severe disease resulting from SARS-CoV-2 infection. In addition, children may be less likely to become infected and to spread infection.”
However, the Florida Education Association (FEA) sued Republican Governor Ron DeSantis over his order for schools in Florida to reopen. The FEA defended its action by saying,
“Everyone wants schools to reopen, but we don’t want to begin in-person teaching, face an explosion of cases and sickness, then be forced to return to distance learning.”
It seems that when it comes to COVID-19, Democrats give more weight to being anti-Trump than being pro-science.
The Daily Wire