Science says: Open the schools, #2 in a series . . .

NYC mayor, one among many, and teacher unions say don’t do that. 

The irony in such language is that children are safe at school already. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that of the first 68,998 U.S. deaths from COVID-19, only 12 have been in children under age 14 — less than 0.02 percent.

Nor is coronavirus killing teenagers. At last count, the fatality total among children under 18 without an underlying condition is one; only ten of the 16,469 confirmed coronavirus deaths in New York City were among those under the age of 18.

That’s similar to the fatality rate for those under 20 in France, estimated at 0.001 percent, and in Spain.

And then there are the flu comparisons. (Always ask “compared to what?”)

The death of even one child is tragic, of course. Yet, it must be kept in mind that as many as 600 children in the United States died from seasonal influenza in 2017-18, according to CDC estimates, while the CDC’s estimate for COVID-19 fatalities number just 12.  [Say what???]

A just-released JAMA Pediatrics study flatly states: “Our data indicate that children are at far greater risk of critical illness from influenza than from COVID-19.” If the COVID-19 hazard sets the new standard for health safety, the country will need to close its schools each year from November until April to guard against influenza.

Hmm. No school November to April? Which official is saying that can happen? Which teacher union? Which daily newspaper or TV news show?

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