For some unknown reason, COVID doesn’t affect kids as much as it does adults and the elderly.
School-aged children have skated through the pandemic relatively unscathed, but science hasn’t been able to tell exactly why yet.
What we do know is the chances of severe symptoms or even death increase the older the patient gets…
For that reason, a lot of the fear that America has about dying kids should be alleviated.
It’s not a total comfort, but it should at least help a little.
Since kids seem to generally be unaffected by COVID, the president and other national leaders have been advocating for the reopening of schools across the country.
If the evidence shows that our kids are generally safe, then we should send them back to school and allow our country to get back to some semblance of normalcy. There are parents who are being forced to stay home from work in order to watch their children, and schools reopening would be a big help.
However, the president has received a lot of pushback for his stance on reopening schools—even though the science actually backs him up on this.
The Left’s reasoning for said pushback?
“What about the teachers and the adults that live with these kids? You’re putting them all in danger!”
Well, unless you’re 100% staying in your home, ordering your groceries online, and wiping them all down with disinfectant when they arrive, we’re all in danger of catching COVID.
Is The Pushback Warranted?
There are ways that we can mitigate the spread of the virus that don’t include becoming a germophobic hermit.
We can’t get our country back on track by becoming a nation of shut-ins. That isn’t going to work long term…
And the CDC has backed this claim up, as they believe there are things MORE deadly to our youth than COVID could ever be.
Recently, Robert Redfield, the Director of the CDC, backed Trump with his opinion on reopening of schools – and as expected, he did so on the fact that children are at a LOW risk when it comes to coronavirus.
But, he pointed out, they have a HIGH risk when it comes to suicide and drug overdoses, both of which have SPIKED over the past few months while the nation has been in lockdown.
Redfield said, “It’s not risk of school openings versus public health. It’s public health versus public health. I’m of the point of view – and I weigh that equation as an individual that has 11 grandchildren –that the greater risk is actually to the nation to keep these schools closed.”
There it is, in black and white for the world to read.
Redfield had more information to add, “I think it is important to try to be factual as we go through this. When we look at, right now, the mortality of this particular COVID virus, in the first almost 218,000 people we looked at February to July, there was 52 individuals under the age of 18. And if I recollect, about 35 were actually school age. Some of them were younger than school age. We’re looking critically at those individuals. And, you know, clearly, there’s an increase in comorbidities related to significant medical conditions…”
Redfield continued, “But I think that’s important because what that means, actually, is the risk per 100,000, so far, you know, into the outbreak, six months into it, is, in fact, that we’re looking at about .1 per 100,000. So another way to say that, it’s one in a million.”
That’s what you call, “low risk”…
What Our Kids Are In TRUE Danger Of
But there is something that is MORE dangerous for kids, which Redfield explains: “But there has been another cost that we’ve seen, particularly in high schools. We’re seeing, sadly, far greater suicides now than we are deaths from COVID. We’re seeing far greater deaths from drug overdose that are above excess that we had as background than we are seeing the deaths from COVID.”
And there it is…
There’s the long AND short of it. It’s DEADLIER to our kids to keep them out of school than it is to put them back in it.
“So this is why I keep coming back for the overall social being of individuals,” he continued, “is let’s all work together and find out how we can find common ground to get these schools open in a way that people are comfortable and their safe. And if there is a need for investment and resources, just like there is a need for some of the underprivileged children that are probably better served if they have certain comorbidities to do homeschooling, they need the access to be able to have the computer and the internet to do that.”
If the CDC supports going back to school and Trump is pushing for it, then shouldn’t it be STRONGLY considered by both sides?
Of course it should…
But partisan politics will keep that from happening.
And it’s a REAL shame…
“Never become so much of an expert that you stop gaining expertise. View life as a continuous learning experience.” – Denis Waitley