Dr. Birx: Before schools can reopen, coronavirus outbreaks must get under control
- White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said that coronavirus outbreaks in the United States need to be slowed down before schools can reopen.
- Birx emphasized the importance of Americans following existing public health recommendations like avoiding large groups and distancing in public places to help with lifting reopening schools.
- Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said school reopenings shouldn’t only take students’ health into account, but “teachers need to be thought of as front-line workers.”
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White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said on Sunday that coronavirus outbreaks need to be controlled in the United States before schools can reopen.
In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” host Dana Bash asked Birx about a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control Director Robert Redfield, which said schools in areas with a 5% positivity rate or higher need to use distance learning.
“I certainly would endorse what Dr. Redfield is saying,” Birx said. “In the areas where we have this widespread case increase, we need to stop the cases, and then we can talk about safely reopening.”
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[Source: Business Insider]