Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN’s Jim Sciutto on Thursday that he “sticks by” what he has said previously about reopening schools and encouraging in-person teaching.
“Obviously it isn’t all black and white. It isn’t all yes or no. But in general, if you’re in a situation, in a green zone, where you have a very low level of infection and test positivity then in general you can open the schools with impunity as long as you’re heads up and you have a plan of knowing what to do when you see children who are infected,” Fauci said on Thursday.
“When you get into the yellow zone and the red zone, it becomes different. You have to do certain mitigations when you’re in the yellow zone and in the red zone, it does become problematic,” Fauci said, adding that parents and teachers with underlying conditions may have to make different decisions than those who are otherwise healthy.
“I think you have to respect the concerns of people who have underlying conditions,” Fauci said. “If someone really is concerned, you have to respect the fact that they may not want to be there — but for others who are generally healthy and don’t have underlying conditions, I would encourage them to go and begin the in-person teaching.”