We can’t afford a generation forever disadvantaged by higher-education institutions’ decisions to limit in-person classes. Instead of shuttering doors, schools' plans should be based on their unique circumstances and protecting high-risk populations: bit.ly/2FtBE0B
Science tells us that young adults are at extremely low risk for serious illness or death from COVID-19. CDC data shows only 0.2 percent of deaths have been in those under age 25.

That’s fewer than 400 deaths in a country of 330 million, and fewer than the 407 from influenza.
CDC data also confirms that hospitalization rates for those 18 to 29 are also very small compared to older groups. At the pandemic’s peak week, hospitalization rates for those 18 to 29 equaled 4.9 per 100,000, compared to the peak of 66.7 of those 85 or older.
Yes, cases will increase among young people as they socially interact, but that shouldn’t be a cause for panic if people adhere to CDC mitigation measures to protect the vulnerable.
The sensationalistic phrase “school outbreaks” is misleading: These are typically “cases” detected by testing, not clinically significant illness. Indeed, zero hospitalizations have occurred among the first 25,941 “cases” detected by testing.
We are already seeing the negative effects of students not attending school. Almost three-fourths of those aged 18 to 24 reported at least one mental-health symptom by the end of June. A quarter of that age group contemplated suicide in the previous 30 days.
If schools send students home, they will create greater health risks for the nation. Homes are higher-risk settings than schools and are more likely to include older family members. Global data consistently show that homes are where most cases spread.
Virtual learning is also a poor substitute for the education and development that happen on campus. The students most at risk of falling behind from distance learning are those from lower- and middle-income families.
The president's approach is based on the demands of science and common sense. As he has said repeatedly, the cure can’t be worse than the disease.
Our universities, the best in the world, should think through their policies and use their resources to stay open.

It’s critical to our nation, it’s safer and it will achieve the most important goal of all — educating our young people, the nation’s most precious resource.

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12 Sep
1/4: I was asked by the President of the United States to help formulate healthcare policy during the biggest healthcare crisis in a century. My extensive background in both medical science and healthcare policy provides a unique and urgently needed perspective on this matter...
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-Earth is round, not flat
-Sun is the center of the solar system, not Earth
-Risk of serious illness or death from C-19 is extr hi for elderly w/comorb's & very low for kids
-Prolonged lockdowns r killing people, destroying families, harming kids esp the poor
I have *never* advised the President to pursue a strategy of achieving herd immunity by allowing SARS2 to spread throughout the country. I have *never* advised the President to open schools or society in any fashion other than safely and in accordance with the science...
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Our COVID-19 mitigation policy of broad societal lockdown focuses on containing the spread of the disease at all costs, without consideration of its consequences beyond those directly from the pandemic: bit.ly/2ZGYmJY
The lockdown policies have created the greatest global economic disruption in history – trillions of dollars of lost economic output. These financial losses have been falsely portrayed as purely economic.
We calculate that these policies will cause devastating non-economic consequences that will total millions of accumulated years of life lost in the United States, devastation far beyond what the virus itself has caused.
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Here’s the real failure: Public policy must never be one-dimensional. The time of failed leadership at the state level must end, or we are committing national suicide. Here's the latest key empirical evidence to guide re-opening: bit.ly/3dXJQl7
There has been a failure to remind everyone that the stated goal of the policy — total lockdown and whole-population isolation — has been accomplished in most of the United States, including the epicenter of New York.
There has been a failure to reassure everyone that we fully anticipate more cases will occur, whether we test or not, with continuing relaxation of today’s isolation.
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