Meharry Medical College President: Returning children to classrooms means 'some of them will die.'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) -- Meharry Medical College President Dr. James Hildreth delivered a blistering indictment Thursday morning of Tennessee officials pushing for schools to reopen.
The Nashville Coronavirus Task Force member’s comments were delivered during a press conference hosted by Metro Mayor John Cooper.
Citing research he says proves coronavirus is airborne, Dr. Hildreth argued social distancing alone is no longer adequate protection, especially indoors.
Hildreth went on to say that “It is beyond dispute that children can be infected, will be infected, some of them will get sick, and unfortunately as we know, some of them will die.”
Dr. Hildreth concluded saying that elected leaders making back to school decisions aren’t qualified to do so and have refused to listen to experts who are.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has pushed hard for the state’s children to return to school in person. When asked about Dr. Hildreth’s comments Thursday afternoon, the governor again noted that children also face serious risks when not in school.