President Donald Trump has made clear that he wants American schools to reopen this fall, but Democrats are pushing back, arguing that such a move during the COVID-19 pandemic would be much too risky.
A recent study out of Germany, however, seems to suggest that Trump has the right idea. According to a report from The Dan Bongino Show, researchers found almost no evidence of transmission of the coronavirus among over 2,000 students and teachers at schools that reopened in Germany in the wake of the pandemic.
“A brake on the infection”
Writing for The Dan Bongino Show, journalist Matt Palumbo said the study “is among the first to examine the transmission of the coronavirus in schools — or more accurately in light of its findings, the non-transmission of the virus in schools.”
Palumbo cited a report from Unbiased America’s Kevin Ryan, who revealed that of the 2,045 people tested by researchers at the University of Dresden — including students and teachers — only 12 tested positive for coronavirus antibodies.
“That’s not much more than at the beginning of the pandemic in March,” Ryan wrote, according to Palumbo, “meaning that very few schoolchildren caught the disease.”
Reinhard Berner, the director of the Polyclinic for Children and Adolescent Medicine at the Dresden University Hospital, said the findings appear to indicate that “children act more like a brake on the infection. Not every infection that reaches them is passed on,” he noted, according to Ryan.
Listen to the science
This news all but vindicates President Trump’s push for American schools to open their doors this fall. According to CBS News, the president told reporters this week that failing to reopen classrooms is “a terrible decision.”
“Children and parents are dying from that trauma, too,” Trump said, according to CBS. “They’re dying because they can’t do what they’re doing. Mothers can’t go to work because all of a sudden they have to stay home and watch their child, and fathers.”
Of course, that doesn’t seem to matter to Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who said Monday that “we shouldn’t even be thinking about sending [kids] back to school.”
“The biggest risk to the spread of the pandemic is opening up the schools in a way that is not safe,” Pelosi told MSNBC, according to The Hill. “So if we’re going to defeat this pandemic, we shouldn’t be opening up to more arena to spread.”
If the results of this study are accurate, however, perhaps reopening schools wouldn’t be “the biggest risk to the spread of the pandemic,” as Pelosi feared.
What ever happened to listening to the science?