Trump Says He “May Cut Off Funding” For Schools That Do Not Reopen Amid Pandemic
On July 8, President Donald J. Trump Tweeted that he “May cut off funding” for American schools that are not “open.”
Trump’s Tweet fully reads as follows,
In Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and many other countries, SCHOOLS ARE OPEN WITH NO PROBLEMS. The Dems think it would be bad for them politically if U.S. schools open before the November Election, but is important for the children & families. May cut off funding if not open!
In a July 7 article, Science reports on a few of the nations Trump mentions in his Tweet.
- In Germany, “the proportion of all new infections that were in children under age 19 ticked upward from about 10% in early May, when schools reopened, to nearly 20% in late June.”
- Sweden, which never closed schools, has seen several teachers die of COVID-19.
- Wearing a mask is optional in both Germany and Sweden.
- Although some “studies have found that overall, people under age 18 are between one-third and one-half as likely as adults to contract the virus,” the matter is still “the subject of intense study,” Science explains.
- Additionally, there is mounting evidence that children who contract COVID-19 can, albeit rarely, develop serious symptoms consistent with Kawasaki disease.
Science also emphasizes that “opening safely” is not as simple as what happens in a school.
Opening safely, experts agree, isn’t just about the adjustments a school makes. It’s also about how much virus is circulating in the community, which affects the likelihood that students and staff will bring COVID-19 into their classrooms.
- According to Johns Hopkins University, Germany has not reported more than 600 new cases in a single day since June 26. Germany reports a total of 198,504 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
- Sweden, which never imposed formal closures, is seeing rising COVID-19 case counts but has yet to report more than 3,000 new cases in a single day. Sweden has experienced a total of 73,858 cases.
- Denmark has not reported more than 200 cases in a single day since April 25 and has seen a total of 13,101 COVID-19 cases.
- Norway, which reports a total of 8,950 COVID-19 cases among its people, has not broken above 100 new cases in a single day since April 22.
- On July 8, the United States reported a total of more than 3 million COVID-19 cases. For the past week, it has reported more than 40,000 new COVID-19 cases everyday. On July 7, the United States reported 60,000 new cases in that single day.
After suggesting he would withhold federal funding for schools that do not reopen, Trump also criticized the reopening guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He Tweeted,
I disagree with @CDCgov on their very tough & expensive guidelines for opening schools. While they want them open, they are asking schools to do very impractical things. I will be meeting with them!!!