Fauci: ‘Close the Bars and Keep the Schools Open’

by Mary Rose Corkery


Dr. Anthony Fauci said “close the bars and keep the schools open” during a Sunday interview on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos.”

“Martha, that’s a good question. We get asked it all the time. We say it not being facetiously as a sound bite or anything, but you know, close the bars and keep the schools open is what we really say,” Fauci told ABC’s Martha Raddatz.

Fauci was specifically referring to how President-elect Joe Biden’s future administration can have a collective plan to reopen schools. Fauci also specifically referred to New York City schools closing in November.

“Obviously, you don’t have one size fits all, but as I said in the past, and as you accurately quoted me, the default position should be to try as best as possible within reason to keep the children in school or to get them back to school,” Fauci said.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday that the city’s public elementary school students will return on Dec.7 for partial in-person instruction, but middle and high schoolers must learn completely virtually for the time being, The New York Post reported.

Fauci said during the interview that reducing “the community level” virus transmission will “ensure the safety of the children in school.” 

“So, if you mitigate the things that you know are causing spread in a very, very profound way, in a robust way, if you bring that down, you will then indirectly and ultimately protect the children in the school because the community level is determined how things go across the board,” Fauci said.

“So my feeling would be the same thing. If you look at the data, the spread among children and from children is not really very big at all, not like one would have suspected,” Fauci said.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases didn’t immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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Mary Rose Corkery is a reporter at Daily Caller News Foundation.











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6 Thoughts to “Fauci: ‘Close the Bars and Keep the Schools Open’”

  1. Bob Marsh

    Data has been around for months but nobody wanted to look at it except a few on Fox news. Now they start turning around now the election is over and Joe Biden most probably be sworn in Jan.

  2. Lee

    Dr Faulty…his dire predictions have brought student grades to an all time low, our grands have died alone (unforgivable in itself) business friends are closing, left with loan debts that who knows when can b repaid and at what cost. He should give some of that big pharma money he gets to these poor souls. Too late for grands! What grief & heartache over politics!

  3. Tim Price

    Fauci is a total self serving SOB. He jumps all over the place to make himself look good or so he thinks. He needs locked up so he can take preach to himself. What a total waste of good air he is.

  4. LM

    The CDC says that COVID rates are likely 10, maybe 20 times what is being detected. The death rate compared to the reported contraction rate runs between 1 and 2 percent. If the CDC’s statements are accurate , including the whole thing a couple of months ago about the death rates being basically exaggerated , that decreases the death rate to hundredths of a percent. So why are we still talking about closing anything?

  5. 83ragtop50

    Is this clown still around? The best thing to do is to ignore what he says. He can continue to delude himself as much as he desires.

  6. rick

    This crazy POS , he is such an ego driven nut, I am convinced every time he speaks that he knows no more than the common lay person. A spouting fountain of ignorance just what Democrats and the media love.