In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents have been forced to not only work remotely (assuming they still have a job, that is), but have also had to homeschool their children due to the nationwide shutdowns of schools. Seniors in high school and college missed their opportunity to enjoy their last few months in schools with their friends and walk across the stage to receive their diploma. Even though online ceremonies and small at-home celebrations commemorated the occasion, for many students, the effect just wasn’t the same.
But as it turns out, it might not have been necessary to deny them those memories in the first place.
Data shows conclusively that schools and universities should NEVER have been forced to close. Why? Because since the start of the outbreak, it’s been almost unheard of for a student to die from the disease or even to transmit the disease to the more vulnerable members of the population.
I am willing to give policymakers the benefit of the doubt for initially taking the action of closing schools, given the lack of data and the emphasis on flattening the curve. However, once the data came in showing that students are generally safe from COVID-19, they should have been sent back to school.
Writing for Conservative Review, Daniel Horowitz wrote the following:
“According to the CDC, three children aged 5-14 died of COVID-19 in the entire country. Another 42 died among those aged 15-24. Those are simply astounding numbers, given that numerous serology studies indicate that tens of millions of people have likely gotten the virus already. Moreover, once those numbers are so statistically insignificant, one would have to dig in to further research to see if those children had serious underlying conditions and/or perhaps died with COVID-19, not because of COVID-19, since we know how deaths are being counted.
If that is enough to shut schools and invite so much mental health, educational, social, and family upheaval, then we may die as a nation. According to the CDC, approximately 12,000 children die from unintentional injuries every year.
While an infinitesimal number of children did become sick enough to warrant hospitalization, according to the CDC, ‘For children (0-17 years), COVID-19 hospitalization rates are much lower than influenza hospitalization rates during recent influenza seasons.’”
But what about the claim that children can pass the virus onto their grandparents? Even if they likely won’t die from it themselves, can’t school-age kids carry the virus home with them and expose family members? Not true. Horowitz continued:
“There are now several studies that show the entire premise of mass child-to-adult spread is completely unfounded, and there is certainly no definitive evidence showing that mass child-to-adult spread is a problem.
Switzerland opened its schools after failing to find a single case of child-to-adult transmission, instead positing that adults are the ones who transmit to children. The country has even advised that children under 10 can safely hug their grandparents. ‘Children are very rarely infected and do not pass on the virus,’ said Dr. Daniel Koch, the head of the infectious diseases unit at the Federal Office of Public Health in Bern, last week. ‘That is why small children pose no risk to high-risk patients or grandparents.’
A U.K. study from the Royal College of Pediatrics found that at the very least, children ‘do not play a significant role’ in spreading the virus: A 9-year-old British boy who contracted the virus in the French Alps failed to pass on the virus to a single one of the 170 people he was in contact with.”
Despite the mountains of data, experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci continue to claim that children are at risk of contracting and spreading the coronavirus. Dr. Fauci is beloved by the media, despite being wrong many times in his predictions about the pandemic.
Fauci told the Senate HELP committee yesterday in a virtual hearing that “We don’t know everything about this virus and we really better be pretty careful, particularly when it comes to children. I think we better be careful that we are not cavalier in thinking that children are completely immune to the deleterious effects.”
Data is irrelevant to many Americans now, especially the Democrat Party and their allies in the media. It’s like beating your head against the wall to get them to listen to facts over emotion.
It’s good that people prioritized protecting children, but in the face of all this new data, keeping schools closed indefinitely may actually do more harm to the next generation than the virus itself.