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Dr. Deborah Birx, Former White House coronavirus response coordinator, world-renowned medical expert, and author of the new book Silent Invasion: The Untold Story of the Trump Administration, Covid-19, and Preventing the Next Pandemic Before It’s Too Late joined the Guy Benson Show to discuss her new book and the lessons learned throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Birx applauded the schools that open in the fall of 2020 despite the fears of covid surges saying,
“I just want to applaud the schools that did open in the fall of 2020. I want to really applaud the universities, particularly the land grant schools, who understood how important education and that peer support was and who opened and brought their students back. I was privileged to be on over 30 campuses and really see what they did. They made it through. Only the North Carolina system got into trouble. But the rest of the systems I worked with all of them, and they figured a way forward and I was there to support them and listen to them and learn from them. And I think, you know, these are the stories that really need to be told. And that’s why I wrote the book.”
Dr. Birx added,
“So SAMHSA and the NIH were doing studies and analyzing the mental health of our children. Through June and July of 2020 and came out with a really terrific report on how children needed to be in school because of not only the education, but the socialization and the peer support that occurs among children and that the children’s mental health was deteriorating across the country. They called me one day and said the head of SAMHSA called me and said, I can’t get CDC to take this guidance seriously and to integrate it into their school guidance. So I sent that to Bob Redfield, the head of the CDC, and I said, please have your teams look at this. I think it needs to be summarized in the introduction to the school guidance so that every parent can make decisions about what’s best for their child, weighing the risk of the virus against the risk of not being in school from not only education and food and all of those pieces, but the mental health of their child. They didn’t they wouldn’t include it. They wouldn’t include it.”