TX Economist Says Schools Should Open As Most COVID Deaths Are Elderly, Hispanic
The chief economist for Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank based in Austin, has tweeted that schools should reopen because the majority of people dying from Covid-19 are elderly or Hispanic, according to The Texas Tribune.
- The Department of State Health Services released a revised count of the coronavirus statistics which showed that the elderly and Hispanic people were overrepresented in the state’s updated fatality count.
- Vance Ginn cited the revised data and “tweeted that the people most likely to perish from the deadly virus are people older than 50 and Hispanics,” TheTribune wrote. He also said:
“Why not #openschools, end universal mandates, target vulnerable & check those from #Mexico?”
- After facing criticism and taking down the tweet, Ginn said in an interview with The Tribune that the tweet was “woefully taken out of context out of bad faith.”
- He wrote in an apology:
“I believe strongly based on my deep faith that every life is precious. My intent was to highlight the positive development of more data available to make better policy decisions and help the vulnerable.”
- Public health experts have said that reopening schools in areas with high rates of community spread will further increase the hazardous impact of the virus. There are serious concerns that students could bring the virus home and infect their family members.