During a Buck Institute webinar on 14 July, Robert Redfield, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), promoted the general re-establishment of schools, highlighting the risks of low coronovirus for children without prior exposure. There was an unfortunate spike in conditions for children and suicides and drug overdoses, which Redfield said are “far greater” in youth than COVID-related deaths.
“It is not a public health versus school opening risk. It is public health versus public health, ”emphasized Redfield.
“From this point of view, and I weigh that equation as a person with 11 grandchildren who are actually at greater risk to the nation to keep these schools closed,” he continued.
Redfield said that more than 7 million children receive mental health services from their school, “a lot of people get food and nutrition in schools,” adding that schools are important “in terms of mandatory reporting sexual and child abuse.” “
“Obviously, socialization is important,” he said. “And, obviously, for some children, I think most children are, in fact, their education in a face-to-face school is the most effective method of teaching.”
Reopening, Redfield underlined, “has to be done safely, and it has to be done with the confidence of the teachers. It has to do with the trust of the parents. And so I think each school district will start wrestling with it. “
Describing children to the risks of Chinese-origin coronaviruses, Redfield said the flu is about five to 10 times more deadly, adding that the odds of a child dying of COVID-related deaths are “one in a million.”
The CDC director said, “I think it is important to try to be factual as we go through this.” “When we look, right now, the mortality rate of this particular COVID virus, among the first 218,000 people we saw from February to July, was 52 people under the age of 18. And if I recall, about 35 actually Was school age. Some of them were under school age. We are looking at those individuals critically. And, you know, clearly, there has been an increase in comorbidities related to important medical conditions … “
“But I think it’s important because what it means is, in fact, there’s a risk per 100,000, so far, you know, in the outbreak, in six months, in fact, that’s about us per 100,000. 1 Seeing … Another way of saying that, this is one in a million, ”Redfield said in the context of mortality among children.
He said, “Now, I’m not trying to do that, I’m just trying to make sure that we look at it proportionately.” “Because if you do the same thing for influenza deaths for school-age children in the last five years, they are anywhere from five to 10 times higher.”
“That’s why I want people to understand the risks properly because they make that decision. And, of course, influenza, we also benefit from having therapy and a vaccine. Therefore I do not want people at school age to reduce the risk of serious illness.
“That said, there is a real risk for vulnerable individuals who are teachers, potentially, which may have comradeship,” he said. “And, obviously, there are some students who have comradeship.”
According to CDC.gov, “The risk of complications for healthy children is higher for flu than for COVID-19. However, infants and children with underlying medical conditions have an increased risk of both flu and COVID-19. “
The CDC director then discussed the social trade of the bandh, especially for our youth.
“But there is another cost we’ve seen, especially in high schools,” he said. “We are seeing, sadly, that we are committing suicide so far because we are committing deaths from COVID. We are seeing more and more deaths from drug overdoses which are more and more against which as a background we are seeing deaths from COVID. “
“So that’s why I’m coming back to the overall social existence of individuals,” he said, “Let’s all work together and find out how we can find common ground to open these schools in this way That people are comfortable and safe. And if investment and resources are needed, such as some underprivileged children who are probably better served if they have few comrades to do homeschooling, they need computers and the Internet to do. “
“The goal is to bring all these children back to education,” Redfield concluded. “I want to see the goal as a face-to-face education, five days a week, when we get there, we’ve come there for kids who don’t have the inherent critical empathy that has already ended it Give. And, hopefully, the states and the federal government will work together to see that resources come to bear in order to fully operate these schools. “
The full webinar can be viewed here.
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