The White House chief medical advisor cited in the email an op-ed by Dr. Vinay Prasad of the University of California, San Francisco and political science professor Vladimir Kogan of Ohio State University. The Feb. 20, 2021 piece published in STAT News argued that politics – not science – was behind the moves to delay school openings and implement social distancing in schools that did reopen.
Greg Folkers, Fauci's chief of staff at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), informed his boss of the STAT News op-ed. The NIAID director emailed Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shortly after getting word of the article.
"You probably have already seen this. But just in case, you should be aware of it," wrote Fauci.
The chief medical advisor for the Biden administration highlighted several paragraphs in the piece by Prasad and Kogan. One such highlighted section stated: "Schools should decide whether to open based on community transmission and students should strive to be spaced six feet apart aren't supported by science."
"These two demands will keep schools closed much longer than necessary, harming kids," Prasad and Kogan wrote.
The two also questioned the CDC's color-coded system which determines whether schools can open fully, follow a "hybrid" mode or remain closed for the time being. They pointed out that the most restrictive "red" category is characterized by having more than 100 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people weekly.
"By this metric, more than 90 percent of the country is currently in the most restrictive tier – ruling out full-time, in-person learning for elementary-aged students and any sort of in-person school for older children without screening tests. Yet many schools in such communities already have in-person school, and have done so for months, without issue."
Prasad and Kogan stressed that the CDC guidance appears to be based on "decades-old research" focusing on the travel distance of large respiratory droplets. The two op-ed authors mentioned that new evidence actually argues against the six-foot distancing rule.
"First, it is increasingly clear that transmission of COVID-19 is not explained by the droplet mode – the idea that bigger drops of secretion fall in the first few feet around someone. Second, a meta-analysis on COVID-19 and other closely related coronaviruses showed that the benefits of increasing the distance from three to six feet is marginal in contexts where the risk of infection is low, as would be the case in a classroom with universal masking."
Prasad and Kroger also mentioned that the CDC social distancing guidelines for schools "will work to provide cover for interest groups and districts that want to delay in-person learning." Even the Brooking Institute, which espouses liberal views, was forced to acknowledge the roles of partisan politics and the influence of teachers' unions in the decisions on when to reopen schools.
Several school officials later lamented that the CDC's guidance for classrooms rendered them unable to fully reopen. They explained that if the guidance was followed, only a certain number of students could fit into a classroom. (Related: Public school union boss admits lazy teachers "told the CDC" to keep schools closed.)
Ultimately, Prasad and Kroger said the public health agency only served to muddle things instead of "moving the ball forward on [President Joe] Biden's goal of getting elementary and middle schools reopened as soon as possible."
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