President Trump said he would like to see schools open in “most of the country," suggesting that children may have stronger immune systems than adults. But he didn’t address concerns that opening schools could lead to a widespread increase of the disease if children bring the virus home.
“The schools should open,” the President said, responding to a question about if schools should reopen in August. “The one thing you should be careful of is when instructors are over 60.”
He then asked Dr. Deborah Birx to respond as well, who was more measured in her answer. She said it is, “a county by county, state by state decision,” whether or not to reopen.
“I would like to see schools open, wherever possible, which is I think in much of the country. Most of the country,” the President said after Birx’s comments.
“I would say that till everything is perfect, I think the teachers that are a certain age, perhaps you say over 60, especially if they have a problem with heart, or diabetes or any one of a number of things, I think they should not be teaching school for a while, and everyone would understand that fully,” he continued.
But Trump added that children are faring relatively well with Covid-19.
“We realize how strong children are, right? Their immune system is just a little bit different. Maybe it’s just a little bit stronger, or maybe it’s a lot stronger, right? It could be a lot stronger,” he said.