Children should still go to school, even if it turns out to transmit the deadly novel corona virus that killed more than 140,000 people in the U.S., White House spokesman Kayleigh McEnany said on Friday.
President Donald Trump is pushing for the reopening of U.S. schools that closed abruptly last spring when the coronavirus first spread across the country – despite concerns from teachers and families that children could get or transmit the disease if they were in the classrooms return.
"Even if there is a broadcast and later studies come out, we believe that students should go back to school because the effects on a child we know are not as scientifically impacted as an adult," McEnany replied to a press conference on Dr.'s comments Deborah Birx, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, on the behavior of the disease in young children.
Birx told Today's TV show on Friday that it was "still an open question" how quickly children under the age of 10 spread the disease. She cited a South Korean study that children under 10 years of age transmit the virus less, while children over 10 have the same rate of transmission as adults. Birx also said that children with underlying diseases "can have terrible consequences" if they become infected with the disease.
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