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This Just In: COVID-19 is NOT the Flu… AND Children DO Get it

August 13, 2020

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President Trump, who pushed all the decisions about the management of COVID 19 to the states, has reversed his stance on the role of the federal government when it comes to opening schools: he wants them open at all costs. In taking this position he is once more ignoring the advice of his experts, the reality of the disease, and the public’s well-being. School districts that are yielding to the political pressure applied by their governors in response to the pressure applied by the President are paying the price, as this CNN report indicates.

More than 2,000 students, teachers and staff members across five states have been quarantined after at least 230 positive coronavirus cases were reported.

It’s a grim start to the school year many hoped could mark the beginning of a return to normalcy, but one experts have long warned would come at a cost. More studies have shown how easily children can get and spread coronavirus. But some pediatricians caution that distance-learning has negative consequences for primary-age students and for working families.

The dilemma has forced school districts to navigate whether to re-open, and what to do if in-person learning proves

…Over the last four weeks, there has been a 90% increase in Covid-19 cases among children, according to a new analysis by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association that will be updated weekly.

Dr. Sean O’Leary, vice-chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday that coronavirus cases in children should be taken seriously.

“It’s not fair to say that this virus is completely benign in children,” said O’Leary. “We’ve had 90 deaths in children in the US already, in just a few months. Every year we worry about influenza in children, and there are roughly around 100 deaths in children from influenza every year.”

Leary said that multiple factors have led to a recent increase in the number of coronavirus infections in children in the past couple of weeks, including increased testing, increased movement among children and a rise in infection among the general population.

“When you see a lot more infections in the general population, you’re going to see a lot more infections in children,” said O’Leary.

“We all have to take this virus seriously, including taking care of our children,” said O’Leary.

The bottom line on COVID-19 is that it ISN’T the flu and children DO get it…. We should keep schools closed until we understand what we are dealing with.

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