Republican Sen. Rand Paul challenged one of the Trump
administrationâs top health advisors on the coronavirus pandemic,
questioning why the U.S. shouldnât reopen schools in the fall when
relatively few children die from Covid-19.
âShouldnât we at least
be discussing what the mortality of children is?â Paul asked White
House coronavirus task force advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci during a Senate
hearing Tuesday on reopening the economy. Paul then noted that the
mortality rate of coronavirus patients age 0 to 18 âapproaches zeroâ in
New York where 12 children have died, according to the state health
department. The notion of not sending students back to school in the
fall is âreally ridiculous,â he said.
one point, Fauci countered: âI think we better be careful that weâre
not cavalier, in thinking that children are completely immune to the
Fauci asked for a chance to respond, and pushed back. âI never made myself out to be the end-all,â he said. âIâm a scientist, a physician, and a public health official. I give advice according to the best scientific evidence.â
Fauci then turned Paulâs own phrasing on him. âYou used the word we should be âhumbleâ about what we donât know. I think that falls under the fact that we donât know everything about this virus, and we really had better be very careful, particularly when it comes to children,â Fauci said.
âBecause the more and more we learn, weâre seeing things about what this virus can do that we didnât see from the studies in China or in Europe. For example, right now children presenting with Covid-19 who actually have a very strange inflammatory syndrome, very similar to Kawasaki syndrome,â Fauci said.
Rand Paul should ask whether kids can transmit the virus to their families when they come home from school. But when you're an unemployed clown who's given up shaving, careful thinking seems to fall by the wayside as well.
I didn't watch (why bother?) but if I were Fauci I would've eventually said
"Dr. Paul, as an ophthalmologist, you know that I'd be out of my league trying to tell you how to deal with retinal detachment. You're clearly more knowledgeable about it than I ever will be. Now...I'm an infectious disease specialist. Let me tell you about MY knowledge base and how it relates to this."
Ironic that there might be enough scrubs & PPE for the protesters but not enough for the actual health care workers risking their lives (and in some cases dying) to save lives of those stricken with the virus.
"If Chinese students want to come here and study Shakespeare and the Federalist Papers, that's what they need to learn from America," Cotton said. "They don't need to learn quantum computing and artificial intelligence from America."