Personally, I believe that advice is reckless and impractical. Dr O'Leary almost admitted as much early in the interview ... until he "but"ed his way into trouble:
By the way, it's unclear how many Colorado school districts you have "talked to". That seems like an important detail to omit.
Dr O'Leary says the quiet part loud quite early in the interview. I circled it below to make sure you didn't miss it:
Later on, though, his message gets more confusing. See if you can spot the difference below:
- Are you relying on very limited data from Colorado childcare centers* to declare that children do not spread the COVID-19 virus? (And even when disease transmission did occur, it happened between adults in exactly 1 out of exactly 4 cases)?
- You shouldn't let children congregate in large groups at school, or else they might spread the virus?
This is infuriating on many levels. I also want things "back to normal", but What I Want doesn't flipping matter at all. We just cannot and will not head back into the building on the first days in September, and we are wasting time with every day that administrators try to plan for that impossible possibility.
Remote-learning had huge problems, so let's work on fixing them -- with better infrastructure, software, and teacher training. Don't dump thousands of dollars on Plexiglass dividers and disposable masks, which we will probably never use again after the vaccine is developed in a few months! Invest the $$ into bridging the digital divide, which will otherwise persist long after this virus becomes a rare affliction.
Instead, it looks like our state education leaders will be led astray by MDs who should not be the primary voice of reason on this subject.