Gov. Beshear’s recommendation to delay schools is the peak of pandemic paranoia

Original source: Courier-Journal

August 26, 2020

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Gov. Andy Beshear’s recent recommendation to delay school reopening is not rooted in science. Closing classrooms, as numerous other states across the country have done, marks peak pandemic paranoia of a virus that one expert estimates kills 0.13% of those it infects outside nursing homes.

To date, roughly 50 children under the age of 15 have died from COVID-19 nationwide — fewer than from the common flu. Only one person under the age of 30 in Kentucky has died of this disease.

Schools are just as important as essential businesses, so why aren’t they treated as such? It’s time to recalibrate our fear of this virus that has a 99.9% survival rate outside nursing homes. Reopening classrooms is the first step.

Read the full op-ed on the Courier-Journal by Dr. Molly Rutherford, who runs the Bluegrass Family Wellness and is a partner of the Job Creators Network Foundation.