(TheFreedomFlag.com)- Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the most visible member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, urged American colleges on Wednesday not to send students home over COVID-19 fears.
During an interview on NBC’s Today Show, Dr. Fauci said that sending students home would be the “worst thing you could do.”
“When you send them home, particularly when you’re dealing with a university where people come from multiple different locations, you could be seeding the different places with the infection,” he explained.
The logic is that American campuses are populated by young people from all over the country, and by sending students home, any cases of COVID within that population will be sent back to all these American towns and cities and older family members risk being infected by returning students.
Fauci’s comments come as many American universities seem to be doing the exact opposite, closing down residential halls and sending students home over concerns that there may be COVID-19 outbreaks on their campuses.
Dr. Deborah Birx, another member of the Chinese Coronavirus, also said on a recent call with state governors that sending people home is a bad idea.
“Sending these individuals back home in their asymptomatic state to spread the virus in their hometown or among their vulnerable households could really re-create what we experienced over the June time frame in the south,” she said, referencing the sudden and rapid spread of the virus in the south of America at the beginning of the summer.
NBC reported how students seem to have a different opinion, however. On Wednesday a group of faculty members and students from the University of Iowa staged a “sickout” over concerns about the spread of the virus on their campus after they saw nearly 1,000 positive tests at the college recently.
The question is…is it safer for young people, who are less likely to die or be seriously affected by the virus, to be around one another or to be around elderly relatives at home?
The people who staged the “sickout” said that they have “seen firsthand that there is no safe way to hold classes in person during this pandemic.”