A few months ago, word got out that children do not get Covid-19 (except when they do). Or if they do, their symptoms are mild (except when they’re not). They may not carry a heavy viral load, according to reports. And they don’t seem to transmit it to adults (except when they do). Yet, each day, news outlets report children of all ages testing positive for Covid-19, some with serious illness or death. The truth is, we don’t know. We don’t know the long -term effects and we don’t know how children in the United States will be affected.
Researchers and politicians who want kids back in school full-time, 5 days a week, tend to cite studies about schools in Europe and their successful reentry of children into the classroom. This, however, is the main takeaway: “He added that the study was representative for the state of Saxony, however, which has a relatively low rate of infection compared with other parts of Germany.”
In comparing ourselves with other nations, we must look at their local rate of infection and what they have done to mitigate the virus. In Germany, for example, students can administer weekly Covid self-tests before heading off to school. Self-tests? Enough for all the students? Each week? Do those things exist?
Not here in the USA where it takes several days to get a result. Not here where, particularly in rural regions, many people don’t wear masks.
Here is a list of articles where children have tested positive for Covid-19, some who have become ill, and some who have died. I found these in a ten-minute Google search. This short list is heartbreaking and unfortunately, more stories can be added. Researchers, and the media, need to up their game or at least explain to me why these children and young adults are getting the virus if children can’t get the virus.
36 students positive for COVID-19 after high school sports camps, Illinois officials say