In May 14, 2020, the CDC warned parents that a new disease called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) has possible links to COVID-19
As plans to reopen schools in fall has become a bone of contention among pro-Trump political leaders and top health experts, many American parents have expressed intentions to continue homeschooling their children.
Parents’ fears over the threats still posed by the ongoing health crisis has heightened. A few days before the Centers for Disease released the MIS-C warning directly addressed to parents, Kentucky Republican Senator Paul Rand scoffed at worries over school reopening claiming that the mortality rate among children was relatively low.
The School Reopening Debate between Sen. Rand and Dr. Fauci
Senator Rand, who is apparently annoyed with Dr. Anthony Fauci’s reputation as the leading authority when it comes to safety assessment, disrespectfully told the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease: “You are not the end all!” and that he does not think Dr. Fauci should be the one person who gets to make the decision about plans to reopen.
The good doctor kept his composure, whilst asserting he is only into giving advice; and had never made claims to being the end-all on decisions related to the COVID-19 health crisis. Still, Dr. Fauci reminded the Kentucky senator’s (hypocritical) assertion about being humble regarding things that “we don’t know.” That’s where he cautioned Senator Rand to be careful when it comes to matters concerning the health and safety of children.
Dr. Fauci Gave Preliminary Report about MIS-C
It became clear that the senator from Kentucky was not aware that the latest update from the World Health Organization (WHO) included reports about an emerging, COVID-19 linked disease that has been affecting children globally. Dr. Fauci described MIS-C as a very strange inflammatory illness that has large similarities to *Kawasaki syndrome.” The Kawasaki disease causes inflammation of the heart blood vessels, and usually occurs in children below 5 years old.
According to the NIAID Director, health officials in New York had already reported about a mysterious inflammatory disease that they are investigating. The disease also has some similarities to a rare illness called toxic shock syndrome caused by bacteria that releases harmful toxins in the body. It is manifested by high body temperature, headsche, sore throat and sunburn-like rashes.
Despite Trump’s urging for schools to reopen, many parents are not entertaining the idea of sending their children to school, since homeschooling has become the new and safer norm.