Surgeon General: Whether schools reopen or stay closed is up to you

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Whether schools reopen or stay closed in favor of e-learning is entirely up to you, according to the U.S. Surgeon General.

Dr. Jerome Adams was the state health commissioner of Indiana before taking his current position in the White House. Talking on Good Morning America, Adams stressed that the process of school districts deciding to stay closed or to reopen is about more than the districts making the final call.

“The biggest determinant of whether or not we can go back to school has little to do with the actual schools. It’s your background transmission rate,” Adams said. “It’s why we have told people constantly that if we want to get back to school, to worship, to regular life, folks need to wear face coverings and practice social distancing.”

He said it’s by doing these things that we make the process of flattening the curve function. Meanwhile, there are many that are criticizing the Trump Administration for not doing enough to get more Americans tested for coronavirus.

Adams said the rub is not a matter of testing, but funding.

“There was ten billion, with a B, dollars allocated for testing, and only about 36 million, with an M, has been drawn down from that fund,” he explained. “So, some of the debate is not about whether we need more testing, but it’s really about whether we’ve spent the money that already allocated.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control over 48.6 million Americans have been tested, roughly 14-percent of the U.S. population. Nine-percent of those tests has come back positive.

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