Trump pushes school reopenings, withdraws from WHO

Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, speaks out on “GMA” about the rise in COVID-19 cases as schools prepare to reopen and more.
3:19 | 07/08/20

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Phoenix cannot handle covid just on their own. Let's welcome back Dr. Ashish jha. Thanks for joining us. Let's start with this debate about opening schools again. It seems to be heading in the same direction as the mass debate. More about politics than science and facts. How should we think about re-opening schools now? Good morning. Absolutely the president is everybody, every mom, dad, wants the schools open. I have three kids. I desperately want them open. The question isn't do we want schools open, the question is what do we need to do to keep them open? The singest biggest thing is keep the virus low. If you try to open them up in Arizona or Florida or Texas you couldn't keep them open because there would be too many who get sick and teachers would get sick and you'd have to shut down so I want to have a reason to debate driven by science that says let's do the things we need to we need to close bars and indoor large gatherings and have everybody wearing masks. If we start all that now I think there is a pretty good shot we can open schools and keep them open all fall. This debate over the death rate front and center right now as well. How is the U.S. Doing overall? What's the good news? What should we be worried about? Yeah, so the good news is overall as a nation our death rates have continued to fall and now they've stabilized but what we're missing in all of this, George, is we have a tale of two countries. We have places like New York where death rates continue to plummet because they were so high and now they're coming down but in all the hot spot states, whether it's Texas or Florida or Arizona, death rates are starting to climb. Exactly as we worried about because first people got sick then hospitals started getting full. Now we're seeing death rates start to climb pretty substantially so overtime the national death rates will climb but really what we need to do is look at each state and what they're doing and worried about what's happening in a lot of hot spots. We're following them right now and one thing we're seeing is more community spread among younger people. What does that mean for the fall and prospect force a second wave that could be even more dangerous? Yeah, so the more spread there is and young people spreading it keeps the disease active and alive in the communities and as we head into the fall and as people start spending more time up doors, just because. The weather changes, we are going to see larger and larger outbreaks happening and this is why it's really important to get on top of this now during the summer before the fall arrives because the fall will be pretty tough and, remember, we will have the flu season to contend with fop of covid so I'm worried where the fall is heading? We've seen the president begin the formal process of leaving the world health organization. What are the consequences? Yeah, this is very worrisome. You know, I testified last week in front of the senate and acknowledge I believe W.H.O. Has not done a perfect job in the outbreak but when we leave them and withdraw funding other countries that rely on W.H.O. Will have a harder time dealing with the virus. W.H.O. Is running some of the biggest clinical trials in the world. We won't have a seat at the table. It's really harmful to Americans as well as to global public health. I wish we weren't doing it. Dr. Jha, you always explain things so clearly, thank you.

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