CDC Publicly Defies Trump Over School Opening During Thursday Rebuff

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During this utterly preventable and thus, Gross Depression, cowards are skittering all over the place, like a nest of spiders released. Donald J. Trump is the grossest coward of all. In a desperate attempt to win his 2020 reelection, he is trying to throw the nation’s children under the school bus.

He threatened state governors to catapult his immoral deed into action. Yet, real heroes will rise up in spite of their fears, and do what is right, and they will be remembered no matter how small their heroic acts: nurses, delivery people, grocery store cashiers,  sanitation workers, postal carriers, and the director for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

On Trump’s watch, over three million people have contracted COVID-19. He did not do his job, and his neglect caused 134,810 Americans to die. Could that be a war crime? Arizona never closed down. Now, it is the hottest coronavirus state in the country. So, explain why sending children back to school is a good idea?

POTUS kept calling the CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield to water down its requirement for kids going back to school. All this, to give the illusion the United States was back in order. At first,  Redfield said no, the CDC will not revise its guidelines for reopening schools.

On Wednesday, leading infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the nation needed to get control of the pandemic, then children can go back to school. Schools are Petri dishes for diseases. Just ask any teacher how sick people are in the first eight weeks of school, including herself.

Trump’s tweets hammered the CDC’s guidelines. He tweeted that they were “very tough” and “expensive.” That was when the commander-in-chief started sending out the school funding threats, according to CNN.

These guidelines have a set of steps that would keep children safer, but not completely safe. It suggested options such as space the kids’ desks six feet apart and wear cloth face covers. Close down areas where groups gather such as playgrounds and lunchrooms. It even suggested schools install sneeze guards around the desks. A sneeze would take coronavirus mini-droplets farther than 16 feet.

That afternoon, Redfield appeared to be weakening against the president’s continual bulldozing. He said the existing guidelines should not stop kids from returning, where they are packed into rooms. Just tell them to wash their hands, wear a face cover, but stay at home “when appropriate.” One might think, all of the time was “appropriate. He said:

‘Remember, it’s guidance, it’s not requirements, and its purpose is to facilitate the reopening and keeping open the schools in this country.’

 

Vice President Mike Pence, another member of the president’s coward cabinet, held a press briefing where Redfield appeared, too. A reporter asked about Trump blasting the guidelines via tweet. Pence said the CDC planned to pull the existing guidelines and issue “a new set of tools” next week:

‘The President said today we just don’t want the guidance to be too tough, and that’s the reason why, next week, the CDC’s going to be issuing a new set of tools, five different documents that will be giving even more clarity on the guidance going forward.’

Redfield disagreed. He said on Thursday that his CDC refused to change the guidelines:

‘Our guidelines are our guidelines, but we are going to provide additional reference documents to aid basically communities in trying to open K-through-12s. It’s not a revision of the guidelines; it’s just to provide additional information to help schools be able to use the guidance we put forward.’

When asked whether the existing guidelines were too tough or impractical, he responded:

‘Right now, we’re continuing to work with the local jurisdictions to how they want to take the portfolio of guidance that we’ve given to make them practical for their schools to reopen.’

A CDC official told CNN:

‘CDC guidelines for schools to reopen contain steps to keep children safe, including keeping desks to be placed six feet apart and for children to use cloth face coverings. The CDC suggests the closing of communal areas like dining rooms and playgrounds and the installation of physical barriers like sneeze guards where necessary.’

It has been confusing, watching Redfield try to do the right thing, nearly lose the struggle, but finally become a real hero.

A White House official said everyone was “on the same page.” Pence weasel-worded that he never claimed the guidelines would change. In a Coronavirus Taskforce briefing that happened after Trump’s tweet, Redford told the member additional guidelines would be issued next week.

Even before that, a top CDC official told CNN:

‘Schools should be the first to open and the last to close. Kids need to physically be in school.’

Another CDC official said it would have new guidelines on how to best open K-12 students. The exact timeline was unclear. Then, Redfield manned up.

Featured image is a screenshot via YouTube.

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