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Ron DeSantis Mulls Reopening Florida Schools: ‘We Lose Kids From The Flu Every Year’


Ron DeSantis Mulls Reopening Florida Schools: ‘We Lose Kids From The Flu Every Year’

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said on Thursday signaled that Florida schools could reopen soon after being closed since March due to the coronavirus outbreak, saying that “in Florida between five and 10 kids die a year for the flu” and that “no one under 25 had died of the virus.”

“We’re going to look at the evidence and make a decision,” DeSantis said of the possibility of children returning to schools in the state, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

“This particular pandemic is one where, I don’t think nationwide there’s been a single fatality under 25. For whatever reason it just doesn’t seem to threaten, you know, kids,” DeSantis said, CNN reported.

“And we lose in Florida between five and 10 kids a year for the flu, he said. “This one, for whatever reason, much more dangerous if you’re 65 and plus than the flu, no doubt about that. If you’re younger, it just hasn’t had an impact, so that should factor into how we’re viewing this. I think the data on that has been 100 percent consistent,” he continued. “I’ve not seen any deviation on that.”

However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, four people between the ages of 15 and 24 and one person younger than 5 has died from the virus.


The governor’s comments came close to the end of a 75-minute education roundtable Thursday that featured teachers, parents and government officials.

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