The president, when he demands a return to the class and for the football school to start, makes education and collegiate sports the latest area of American life polluted by his false stories about the pandemic. Almost all of his assurances about the crisis – which tended to minimize its impact and ignore science –
But almost six months into the US pandemic battle, the country has an astonishing quarter of all the world’s 20 million coronavirus cases. Thousands of Americans die every week and there are worrying new signs of further spread of the disease in the Midwest, California, Texas and some northeastern cities, although there are some limited signs of encouragement, for example in lower infections in Florida.
Still, Trump did what he always did on Monday when he identified a preferred outcome – to open schools and play college sports – without providing any evidence that it was safe in a virus-bedeviled nation or that a plan came back to normal. .
Instead, he painted a rosy, amazing notion that the nightmare is just over.
“At the end of a fairly short period of time, you will be in very, very good shape all over our country,” he said in a meandering orientation like cherry-picked statistics and was full of misinformation and nonsensical arguments.
The study shows 100K children infected in two weeks
Problems with returning to school and meetings with college football executives that could lead to the season being suspended will further spread the president’s attempts to convince voters that he has led the way out of the viral storm. They will also hamper his efforts to distract from his abuse of the pandemic that has suppressed his approval value less than three months before asking voters for a second term.
Many American school districts and colleges across the country have defied the president’s advice to reopen and begin online vacations, raising the prospect of many more months at home for school children, amid growing concerns among parents.
When asked about the study, Trump again insisted that since most children did not become seriously ill, it was good to open schools and without evidence said that children do not transmit the virus to other people.
“It’s a small fraction of death, a small fraction and they get better quickly,” Trump said in the White House briefing room.
“They can have it for a short time. For the most part, they cope very well. According to the people I spoke to, they do not transport it or transfer it to other people very easily. I think schools need to open. That is a very important thing. for the economy to get schools up and running, ”he claimed.
But Dr. Leana Wen, a CNN medical analyst and an emergency physician at George Washington University Hospital, said the study showed that it would be impossible to safely open schools in districts where the virus had not been properly attenuated.
“Imagine if those 97,000 kids were all in school. Imagine how many outbreaks there could be,” Wen told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin. “The lesson to remove here is that you can not protect a school from coronavirus if society is a melting pot. There is just no way.”
There are already signs, in the minority of schools and districts that have already started learning, of problems in the future.
The cases do not necessarily make an iron-clad case to keep all schools closed for months and even years that it can take to conquer the virus. Parents are desperate for their children to return to school. The prolonged closures have had a devastating educational and psychological impact on America’s children. Many low-income students rely on schools for their only nutritious meals. And Trump is right in the sense that the economy cannot fully recover if millions of parents lack childcare with schools still in place.
But the early problems of returning to classes show that arrangements are often chaotic and reveal the lack of a national schooling strategy that Trump and his government could have monitored if they were serious about governing. The CDC presented national guidelines for safe schooling – but they were heavily criticized as too draconian by the president.
Trump is striving for college football season
But the loss of college football in celebration would make another devastating blow to Trump’s claims that ordinary life is returning or that the pandemic is regrettable.
University athletes are by definition students and are more difficult to quarantine than professional athletes paid high salaries for their problems. Two major professional sports, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League, have successfully launched their interrupted seasons in biosafe “bubbles” in Florida and Canada, respectively. But Major League Baseball has had to suspend several games after ball players – traveling from series to series in the traditional way that tested positive for Covid-19. A bubble for college football, with its huge troops and coaches, is impractical and it is almost impossible to imagine how the season can go on in all recognizable even in empty stadiums.
“Student athletes have worked too hard to interrupt their season. #WeWantToPlay,” Trump tweeted Monday afternoon.
If the college season cannot continue, Trump’s failure as president will launch an effective campaign against the pandemic – including saturation testing and tracking and his opposition to tough measures to stop the spread of the disease – a major reason.