New data has just been released that appears to vindicate President Donald Trump on the point of reopening schools in the wake of COVID-19.
Trump has long been an adamant supporter of getting American students back in their classrooms this year despite lingering concerns over the coronavirus. Now, according to the New York Post, data shared by Brown University’s Emily Oster and her team shows that it was likely the right move.
Citing the data, the Post reported Sunday that “[e]lementary and high schools do not appear to be COVID-19 super-spreaders.”
“I think it was thought the minute we get people together in schools, there would be these huge outbreaks — and that hasn’t come to pass,’’ Oster, a professor of economics at Brown, said in an interview with the Post.
Crunching the numbers
When it comes to the coronavirus, it’s easy to twist the numbers to make any case you’d like — and that’s exactly what Democrats have been doing.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are about 140,000 educational institutions in the United States between public schools, private schools, and colleges. That means that even if there were just 10 cases of COVID-19 per school, the total number of coronavirus cases would be at 1.4 million — a number that sounds pretty daunting when not put in context.
That’s why it’s important that we consider infection rates, instead. And in that regard, Oster and company’s study showed some promising results.
The New York Post reported: “Statistics involving 200,000 schoolkids from 47 states in the last two weeks of September yielded an overall coronavirus infection rate of just .13 percent among students and .24 percent for staffers.”
That translates to “roughly 1.3 infections for a school with 1,000 kids in the two-week period,” the Post noted.
Trump pushes for relief
It all bodes well for President Trump as he continues to try to make his case to the American people that his response to the coronavirus pandemic has been more than sufficient. If anything, in fact, his response has been held back by Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who is still refusing to budge on a deal with Republicans for additional relief for Americans.
But Trump wants to see progress — and he’s showing no signs of backing down.
Republicans should be strongly focused on completing a wonderful stimulus package for the American People!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2020