Dr. Scott Gottlieb on Friday warned towards evaluating the dangers of the coronavirus for youngsters with these from the seasonal influenza, stressing that a lot stays unknown about Covid-19. “The fact is that flu final yr contaminated 11.eight million youngsters. We’ve got not contaminated anyplace close to that variety of youngsters with Covid, and we do not wish to discover out what it would seem like if we did,” Gottlieb mentioned on “Closing Bell.”The U.S. has practically 4.1 million confirmed circumstances of Covid-19, based on a Johns Hopkins College tally. Gottlieb’s feedback come as faculty districts throughout the U.S. put together plans for fall lessons amid the nation’s ongoing coronavirus epidemic. The Trump administration has in current weeks been intensifying its requires faculties to totally reopen for in-person class. In early July, President Donald Trump threatened to withhold federal funding to those who don’t open. And on Thursday, the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention launched up to date pointers for varsity districts, inserting a heavy emphasis on the social and emotional prices of not reopening for in-person class. The CDC pointers mentioned the perfect obtainable proof signifies kids have a decrease danger of contracting the illness than adults.As of information from mid-July, individuals beneath the age of 18 make up lower than 7% of confirmed circumstances and beneath .1% of deaths associated to Covid-19, based on the CDC.However Gottlieb mentioned the CDC pointers additionally “relatively grimly” evaluate the variety of deaths in kids from Covid-19 to the variety of deaths in kids attributable to seasonal flu. “To date on this pandemic, deaths of kids are lower than in every of the final 5 flu seasons, with solely 64,” the CDC pointers state. That’s true, mentioned Gottlieb, the former Meals and Drug Administration commissioner beneath Trump. “The precise incidence of hospitalizations and deaths fortunately is low” for youngsters with coronavirus, Gottlieb mentioned. “However the actuality is that the majority youngsters most likely have not been contaminated with Covid.” For that motive, he mentioned, “we actually do wish to forestall outbreaks within the faculty setting.” Gottlieb has persistently emphasised he believes it’s potential for faculties to securely reopen for in-person class in the course of the pandemic. However he additionally has sought to color the choice as a localized one which requires consideration of the area’s Covid-19 outbreak.”It may be very laborious for communities to open faculties for in-class studying towards the backdrop of actually epidemic, uncontrolled unfold,” he mentioned. “The excellent news is loads of components of the nation the epidemic is beneath some semblance of management. … I feel these states are going to have the chance to attempt to open their faculties within the fall, at the very least for a time frame.” Disclosure: Scott Gottlieb is a CNBC contributor and a member of the boards of Pfizer, genetic-testing start-up Tempus and biotech firm Illumina.