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The central claim being used to keep our schools closed is that children might be super spreaders of the corona virus. The claim is that children might pick up the virus while at school and either infect teachers or take the virus home to infect and kill their parents and grandparents.

There has never been any credible scientific studies to support this fear mongering. In this article, we will first summarize nearly 100 studies all of which conclude that children do not spread the corona virus.

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We will then look at reports that have claimed that children are super spreaders. This is the fifth of a series of articles I have posted in the past week explaining why it is safe to reopen our public schools. Here are links to the other four:

https://commonsensebook.org/latest-news/10-reasons-it-is-safe-to-reopen-public-schools

https://commonsensebook.org/latest-news/media-caught-lying-about-death-of-teacher

https://commonsensebook.org/latest-news/cdc-finally-admits-children-are-safer-at-school-than-at-home

https://commonsensebook.org/latest-news/more-evidence-opening-schools-is-not-a-risk-to-teachers-or-students

100 studies all of which conclude that children do not spread the corona virus

Example 1: UK Summary of 78 Studies
On April 22, 2020, a 45 page study was published in the UK by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health concluding that children do not pose a significant threat of transmitting the corona virus to adults. Here is a link to this very important study: 

https://dontforgetthebubbles.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/COVID-data-top-10.pdf

The researchers reviewed all 78 scientific studies on this subject – studies from countries around the world. They found that the infection rate in children under the age of 10 was extremely low. More important, they found that there was not a single reported case of a child under the age of 10 transmitting the virus to any adult – anywhere in the world! The report then included links to all 78 studies and summaries of all of these studies.

I read these 78 remarkable studies and the evidence they provided was both objective and powerful. One of the largest studies was a study of hundreds of cases in China:

This article refutes the claim made by leaders of he WEA that older teachers will face an increased risk of death from the corona virus if schools are reopened. The actual risk of death is about the same as the risk of death from the seasonal flu and is much less than the risk of death from heart attacks or cancer.

About a week ago, I posted an article called “10 Reasons it is Safe to Reopen Public Schools.” This article summarized nearly 100 studies from around the world confirming that children do not transmit the corona virus to adults and that, in countries such as Sweden that did not close their schools, there was no increase in mortality among teachers or students. Here is a link to this article for those who would like to read this research: https://commonsensebook.org/latest-news/10-reasons-it-is-safe-to-reopen-public-schools

In fact, because schools are well ventilated while homes are poorly ventilated, 88% of all corona virus transmissions occur in private homes – not in public businesses or public schools. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/06/ny-gov-cuomo-says-its-shocking-most-new-coronavirus-hospitalizations-are-people-staying-home.html

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Thus, the most dangerous place for either students or teachers to be is inside of their poorly ventilated homes – where 88% of corona infections occur. The safest place for them to be is in well ventilated schools – where almost no corona infections occur!

Despite this overwhelming mountain of research on the safety of opening schools, the leaders of the Washington Education Association (aka the teachers union) posted a press release falsely claiming that it was too dangerous to open schools in our state this fall and that doing so would risk the lives of students, teachers and members of the community. Their press release stated that there were 120,000 public educators in school buildings every day and that about 20% of these educators are over 60 years old.

The leaders of the WEA therefore have insisted that all of our schools remain closed indefinitely and that real, in person classes be replaced with one-size-fits-no-one, boring, rigid, robotic online modules that are so bad that over half of our kids can not learn from them. In short, the WEA is placing the future of one million students at risk due to a claim that the corona virus is too dangerous to open schools.

Hundreds of mass hysteria media reports that a teacher died after contracting the corona virus at a school turn out to be false!

I recently posted an article citing nearly one hundred scientific studies from 14 nations around the world – all of which reopened their public schools without any adverse consequences for students, teachers, parents or grandparents. These studies includes tens of thousands of teachers and more than one million students. Extensive tracing of hundreds of these teachers and students found that none of the teachers or students who contracted the corona virus had contracted the virus while at school. Instead, they contracted the virus while at home. Here is a link to my recent article summarizing all of these studies.

https://commonsensebook.org/latest-news/10-reasons-it-is-safe-to-reopen-public-schools

 

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This is exactly what I predicted in my 400 page book on this subject – Common Core versus Corona Virus Hysteria - which shows beyond any doubt that the corona virus is no worse than the seasonal flu. You can read this book for free at the following website:

https://commonsensebook.org/

Despite this overwhelming mountain of evidence that there is no danger in reopening schools, the mass hysteria media continues to pump out literally hundreds of made up stories claiming that teachers have died in our schools from the corona virus. The most wide spread of these ridiculous stories is this scary headline: “Three Arizona teachers who shared a classroom got virus - one died.”

Do a Google Search on this headline and you will find that more than one hundred mass hysteria media outlets have carried this story - without a single media outlet questioning whether the claim was true. The story was first reported on July 9, 2020 by the Arizona Republic.

For months I have been writing articles accusing the CDC of corruption, fear mongering, data manipulation and outright lying in their effort to promote the agenda of drug companies looking to make a buck off the corona virus. I have repeatedly told people to not believe anything the CDC says. So imagine my shock when the CDC finally published something that was true. Better late than never. The report is called Importance of Reopening Schools and is dated July 23, 2020. Here is a link to this CDC report.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/reopening-schools.html

I pointed out for months that children are not transmitters of the corona virus and that 86% of all viral transmission occurs in the home – not in schools. Children and teachers are much safer in large well ventilated classrooms than they are in their homes. Thus, our schools never should have been closed in the first place. In past articles, I have linked to nearly 100 studies confirming that children do not transmit the corona virus and schools that have fully re-opened with no restriction have not suffered any adverse consequences to either teachers or students. To my surprise, the CDC report acknowledged that children will be severely harmed if schools are not opened this fall. The CDC report includes 6 of the nearly 100 studies on this subject. Here are some quotes from this report:

“The harms attributed to closed schools on the social, emotional, and behavioral health, economic well-being, and academic achievement of children, in both the short- and long-term, are well-known and significant. Further, the lack of in-person educational options disproportionately harms low-income and minority children and those living with disabilities. These students are far less likely to have access to private instruction and care and far more likely to rely on key school-supported resources like food programs, special education services, counseling, and after-school programs to meet basic developmental needs. The in-person school environment provides educational instruction, supports the development of social and emotional skills, creates a safe environment for learning, addresses nutritional needs and facilitates physical activity.”

“Extended school closure is harmful to children.  It can lead to severe learning loss, and the need for in-person instruction is particularly important for students with heightened behavioral needs."

The CDC also acknowledged that children only learn half as much from online programs as they do by attending real in-person schools.

The CDC report then admitted something I have been talking about for months, namely that the child deaths related to the corona virus are much less than child deaths related to the seasonal flu.

Without providing any way to independently verify their claim, the CDC report claimed that 64 children in the US have died with the corona virus this year. I think the actual number is closer to zero. But even 64 children (under the age of 18) is less than one in one million children. Keep in mind that more kids than this die from things like food poisoning, suicide and car accidents. We have a big nation of more than 330 million people. It is completely unrealistic to expect that no one will ever die.

Here is a chart comparing 2020 Child Corona virus fatalities to Seasonal Flu fatalities for the past several years.

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Source CDC. See this link: https://gis.cdc.gov/grasp/fluview/pedfludeath.html

You can see that corona virus child fatalities are less than half the death rate of the seasonal flu (Type A and Type B) for the past three years. Typically, about 150 kids per year die from or more accurately with the seasonal flu. This has been happening for years and no one even cared. No schools were shut down because children can die from the seasonal flu.

This is because sane people realize that you can not deprive one million children of an education just because one or even two of these one million children died from the seasonal flu!

Full time in-person schools are essential to the future well being of our children -especially since we know that reopening schools is actually safer than having students and teachers remain locked up in their homes.

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More than 1 million students in Washington state will be deprived of an education and severely harmed if schools are not opened on a full time and in person basis this fall. Now that the CDC has finally admitted that kids are not in danger and schools are not a danger and teachers are not in danger, it is time to end the hysteria and reopen our schools. As always, I look forward to your questions and comments.

Regards,

David Spring M. Ed.

spring for schools at gmail dot com

Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth.”
Mahatma Gandhi

A Sixth grader recently emailed me asking why I am so certain it is safe to reopen our schools - even though nearly everyone in the mass media and the government are saying that it is not safe and that reopening the schools would lead to a tidal wave of fatalities. Here are 10 reasons why I am certain it is safe to reopen public schools here in Washington state (and in the rest of the nation too).

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#1 Just because the government and mass media tell you something does not make it true.
There have been many times in the past when our government and media have lied to the American people. One of the most recent examples was the false claim that Iraq had “weapons of mass destruction.” This Big Lie cost American tax payers trillions of dollars and cost the people of the Iraq more than one million lives – mostly women and children – over what was really an attempt to steal Iraqi oil for US corporations. Although a Sixth grader might be too young to understand the harm inflicted by the Iraq War, her parents ought to know better.

It is important to understand why the mass media and corrupt government officials consistently mislead and manipulate the American people. In the case of the Iraq War, it is that the US is controlled by a war machine that makes more than a trillion dollars a year using fear to promote wars all over the world. In the case of the corona virus, it is that the US is even more controlled by drug corporations who make more than a trillion dollars a year using fear to brain wash Americans into consuming drugs that often do more harm than good – leading to thousands of needless deaths every year. The CDC, which is nothing more than an advertising agency for drug corporations, is one of the primary ways that drug companies instill fear in the American people. I wrote about the shocking history of bribery and kickback schemes between the CDC, drug companies, the mass media and corrupt government officials in the first chapter of my book, Common Sense versus Corona Virus Hysteria which you can read for free at the following website: https://commonsensebook.org/i-corona-virus-risks/1-corona-virus-fatalities/1-1-the-cdc-is-not-your-friend

Together the War Machine and Drug Corporations are a two headed monster that has nearly complete control over the mass media and the US government.

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So remember the next time you hear fear mongering from the CDC, the mass media or corrupt government officials, the real goal is to create fear to make more money for drug companies. As my mom used to say, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” Never trust the government or the media or the CDC or the Drug Pushers. Do your own research.

#2 There has been no increase in fatalities in Washington state in 2020 compared to previous years.

There is no more obvious evidence that we are being lied to an manipulated than the compare the media claims of mass death with the real record of daily and weekly fatalities here in Washington state this year compared to previous years. The following graph is average daily fatalities for the first five months of 2020 compared to the same weeks in 2019 and 2018. You can see that in all three years about 170 people per day die in Washington state.

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