Schools need to be ‘the last thing’ shut down as part of Covid restrictions, Gottlieb says


Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC that in-person learning needs to be “the last thing” shut down by governors and local officials as part of public health mitigation strategies.

“Some of these jurisdictions, including New York City, have it backwards where they close the schools and leave other things open where the spread is occurring,” the former Food and Drug Administration chief said on “Squawk Box.”

Gottlieb noted high schools may present a higher risk of coronavirus transmission because the students are older. “But we should do everything possible to preserve schools, and especially elementary schools where the educational opportunity of being in the classroom and the socialization is more important,” he said.

Kevin Stankiewicz