President TrumpDonald John TrumpMore than a dozen people wounded in shooting near Chicago funeral homeCleveland Indians players meet with team leadership to discuss potential name changePelosi calls coronavirus the ‘Trump virus’MORE on Wednesday said that he would be comfortable sending his school-age son and grandchildren to school in-person this fall amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
I am comfortable with that, and we do have a national strategy, but, as you know, ultimately, its up to the governors of the states, Trump said Wednesday, after being asked if he plans to do a national strategy to help schools reopen and whether he would feel comfortable sending the children in his family to school.
I would like to see the schools open 100 percent. And well do it safely. Well do it carefully, Trump told reporters at a Wednesday press briefing.
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Trump also claims he has a “national strategy” for school re-openings, but does not provide any details: “Ultimately, it’s up to the governors.” https://t.co/Tg1fUHOQlVpic.twitter.com/JG3Zr2l5kM
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Trump said the administration is looking at research on whether children transmit the virus as easily as adults and how easily they become infected with COVID-19 in the first place.
“Now, they don’t catch it easily. They don’t bring it home easily, and if they do catch it, they get better fast. We’re looking at that fact. That is a factor, and we’re looking at it strongly, Trump told reporters.
Trumps son, Barron, is 14 years old. Trump has 10 grandchildren.
White House coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx told Fox News following the presidents briefing that the issue of how contagious children may be needs additional research.
“There’s still open questions there, and that’s why the president concluded with, ‘we’re studying this very hard,'” she told the outlet.
The widest available research about children becoming infected with COVID-19 was done in South Korea, and Birx called for the data to be confirmed here.”
The results of the study in South Korea, which was released this week, found that children older than 10 were equally as likely to transmit the virus as adults. However, children younger than 10 were less likely to spread coronavirus, according tomultiple reports.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Childrens Hospital Association released a joint report this week finding that severe illness among children who contract COVID-19 is rare. However, more children have tested positive for coronavirus as cases have increased in states across the country in recent weeks.