Trump pushes schools to open, provides 125 million masks

The White House is encouraging students and staff to use masks, but there's no mandate.

News 12 Staff

Aug 13, 2020, 11:54 AM

Updated 1,377 days ago


President Donald Trump says he plans to assist schools opening up by providing masks to many districts.
"I'm pleased to announce that we will provide up to 125 million reusable masks to various school districts all around the country. My administration also stands ready to deploy CDC to support schools that are opening."
The president also announced new recommendations for schools reopening, including ensuring all students and staff understand the symptoms of the virus.
The White House is encouraging students and staff to use masks, but there's no mandate. “The president's priority is to open the schools and open them safely and have parents have the options to either use open schools or do whatever they can do whatever they can to eventually get to open schools," says Dr. Scott Atlas, White House COVID-19 adviser.
But some health experts are skeptical. "A neuro radiologist, someone with no public health experience, who has advocated for herd immunity, now advising the president of the United States," warns Dr. Thomas Frieden, former CDC director. "Herd immunity means 1 million dead Americans. That's what it would take to get to herd immunity. That's not a plan, that's a catastrophe," adds Frieden.
The push to get students back in class comes as the U.S. is averaging nearly 53,000 new cases per day, according to Johns Hopkins University. That's an 11% drop from the week before. "We got to go to school, we got to open up our schools and open up our businesses.  And a lot of it has been opened but we can do better," says Trump.

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