Only moments ago, during Dr. Fauci’s testimony before the Senate Health Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) took on Dr. Fauci over a national strategy or a one-size-fits-all approach to the opening of schools across the nation over fears of the coronavirus pandemic.

Senator Paul suggested that the vast majority of Americans likely have immunity already. He used Sweden as an example of a nation that decided to allow the virus to run its course while allowing the most vulnerable citizens to remain in isolation and how their decision to leave their economy and schools open, worked. “The mortality rate in Sweden,” Paul explained, is less than the other countries surrounding them who shut down their schools and economies, adding that we need to observe the results of Sweden with “an open mind.”

Senator Paul reminded Dr. Fauci that the coronavirus pandemic is not affecting all of the states in the same way, telling him, “In rural states, we never really reached any sort of pandemic levels in Kentucky and other states outside of New England, we’ve had a relatively benign course for this virus nationwide.”

Dr. Rand Paul clarified, saying, “As much as I respect you, Dr. Fauci, I don’t think you’re the end-all. I don’t think that you’re the one person that gets to make a decision. We can listen to your advice, but there are people on the other side saying there’s not going to be a surge, and that we can safely open up the economy and the facts will bear this out. But if we keep kids out of school for another year—what’s gonna happen is the poor and underprivileged kids who don’t have a parent that are able to teach them at home are not gonna learn for a full year, and I think we oughta look at the Swedish model and we oughta look at getting our kids back to school in the fall.”

I think it’s a huge mistake to not open the schools in the fall.

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Dr. Fauci asked if he could respond to Dr. Paul’s comments, saying that he doesn’t give think of himself as “the end-all” and “only voice in this,” adding that he gives advice based on the best scientific evidence. “I don’t give advice about economic things,” he clarified.

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