Sen. Bill Cassidy On Reopening Schools: Children Are Paying A High Price At Home

Sen. Bill Cassidy, a Republican of Louisiana and also a medical doctor, is thinking a lot about what it will take for schools to reopen. Cassidy sits on the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which will hear from public health officials this week about how to safely reopen U.S. businesses and schools. Cassidy has proposed ” aggressive ” testing and contact tracing as part of any reopening. He says the U.S. has enough testing if it’s targeted appropriately. For children and schools, it means a “sophisticated strategy.” “Children are at low risk for complications and high risk for asymptomatically carrying the disease and spreading it to teachers,” he said in an interview Sunday with NPR’s Weekend Edition. “So there has to be what I call an ‘if-and-then-but’ strategy. If they’re a child, then they are likely safe. But if they get infected, they can still infect the teacher.” Most states, including Louisiana, have been falling short of the recommended number of


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