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Keeping count...... zero kids......

Being a bit of an information addict, I subscribe to several newspapers/journals and read lots others in the library or online.  One paper I do subscribe to is the Washington Post which has added quite a few reporters in the last couple of years.  They do a particularly good job of following health and public health issues.

So, I read this article which came out about 4 p.m. (Pacific Time) yesterday about the national CV death toll .........with some great interest:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/us-coronavirus-death-toll-reaches-100/2020/03/17/f8d770c2-67a8-11ea-b313-df458622c2cc_story.html

The Washington Post folks do a daily count which they keep updated and just sent me an email answer to this question:  "Have there been any confirmed deaths of CHILDREN from CV?"

Their answer:  NO.

So, no deaths to children.... which further reinforces the likelihood that they are "the perfect transmitters"...... they get the bug, they carry the bug, they feel no symptoms or few, they don't die from it and therefore are fully available to then transmit the bug.... increasingly to their grandparents and other caregivers who are taking care of them now that school is out.

Dispersing them from school, especially in the absence of test data, may have been a less than optimal choice (being nice here).  

Again, these are challenging times especially with the lack of testing data and I am confident everyone is acting with the best interest of the kids and families in mind.  

It is just my opinion that maybe that decision should be re-visited.....

John Troidl

 

 

 

 

Comments

Elise Brewin

When the children go to school, they come together, trade germs with 400-600 other "perfect transmitters", plus all of the adults (many of whom are in the higher death categories) then go home to parents and grandparents and transmit anything new they picked up. If it were boarding school, OK, but as it is in Davis, having the schools open would definitely spread the virus more quickly, to all populations.

Alan Miller

Reminds me of the original Star Trek episode "Miri" with the disease that only 'grups' (grownups) get. "Bad Grup! Bonk Bonk on the head!"

Also check out the Wallstreet Journal article today on the 'young' not giving a damn about the old. This is a version with the WSJ part included by copy/paste, so you don't have to pay for it, just by listening to the sub-author's comments. This of course is just some of the young, just as there are similar stories of the old flaunting the threat.

https://www.outsidethebeltway.com/theres-no-generational-war-brewing-over-coronavirus/

John Troidl

Regarding the added exposure of seniors/grandparents to kids who are quite likely to have ALREADY been exposed to the corona virus, if the grandparents typically saw their grandchildren in Davis an average of 4 hours per week, then over the month out of school, the normal exposure time would be 16 hours per month.

On the other hand, with grandparents called in for "extensive child care" from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday while the kids are out of school and the parents are working, the exposure time = 9 x 5 x 4 = 180 hours in the month.

That is a 10X increase in exposure for the grandparents, assuming the grandparents beg off for the week-end and say, "You have them back for Saturday/Sunday!".

Seems like a very, very powerful way to maximize the exposure of a large segment of seniors in our community to the corona virus.

Maybe our community will do things differently the next time we face this kind of health problem.

Dr. Troidl

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