“Look at the data, the spread from children and among children is not very big at all, not like one would have suspected.”
Better late than never. Perhaps because he believes Joe Biden will be inaugurated in January, Dr. Fauci is finally admitting that children do not get terribly ill from or transmit COVID-19 in any significant way. Weird, since Switzerland figured this out in April. Detailed genetic studies in Iceland showed that children were not passing the virus to adults in any significant numbers in June. And German researchers asserted that children could actually act as a brake on transmission within the community.
“Look at the data, the spread from children and among children is not very big at all, not like one would have suspected.”— Aaron Ginn (@aginnt) November 29, 2020
Team Reason has known this since April and pushed the data, despite Fauci saying (fearfully) otherwise – https://t.co/lqqddqhVAlpic.twitter.com/i9ME6tNf8j
But good old “follow the science” Fauci was wringing his hands and hedging his bets in the media and during congressional testimony. Most notably, he got into a heated exchange with Senator Rand Paul, who is also a doctor.
Senator Paul correctly noted Sweden’s experience, which never closed their primary schools and did not see a spike in childhood illness. Germany also reopened schools in July with no significant issues. Since the summer, most industrialized countries have reopened schools, and many do not enforce distancing or mask-wearing. But this did not impress Dr. Fauci.