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.
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.
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.
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.
David Spring M. Ed.
spring for schools at gmail dot com