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Dr. Anthony Fauci testified to the U.S. Senate that how and when schools reopen will likely vary from region to region, Chalkbeat reports.
Fauci acknowledged while keeping kids out of school is causing problems, the novel coronavirus’ impact on children is still unknown, and pointed out that while the number of deaths among children is low, emerging data indicates some may be afflicted by an inflammatory condition after coming into contact with the virus.
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana), who presented a number of concerns during the session, urged Fauci and other public healthcare experts present to offer some reasonable safety guidance and reopening scenarios to inform decisions by states and districts. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) (pictured above) contended decisions on reopening schools should be made at the local level, as a one-size-fits-all strategy can't account for individual factors on the ground.
Official guidance from the Centers for Disease Control is under review and coming "soon," CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield told senators during the same testimony. Fauci also ultimately suggested reopening decisions would vary and need to be made on "a step-by-step basis," a suggestion lining up with Paul's assertion.
With September still a few months away, little is still known about how the virus will be circulating and whether it will be safe to reopen, yet a number of states are set to make decisions.
Read the full article about Fauci's testimonoy in the U.S. Senate by Shawna De La Rosa at Education Dive.