Giroir calls for kids to return to school, predicts 'more herd immunity' by summer
February 22, 2021 at 22:46
Americans will likely see life begin to return to normal this summer as coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue to decline, former Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir told "The Story" Monday.
"Professor Makary is a little bit optimistic but directionally correct," Giroir told host Martha MacCallum.
"Number one, it's true that at least three times the number of Americans have had COVID that have been reported.
So most people believe that somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 to 80 million [have been infected] ...
Number two, we know each dose of vaccine, even the first dose, provides a high level of protection after the first two weeks.
Third, he's correct: The beginning of herd immunity is kicking in.
Mask wearing has not changed and we've seen a dramatic plummeting of cases," he continued.
"Right now we're on a great path to getting back to normal," Giroir summed up.
"The end of the pandemic is truly in sight."
"Children, no matter where they are, can be in school at least in a hybrid model if not in full time: 40% of all K-12 students are there full- time.
Another 25% are there on a hybrid model.
The CDC recommendations that came out says that you don't need screening or testing."