Some basic math will put this situation in perspective. Estimated 3,000,000 childhood (under age 20) infections in America, so far. 300 to 600 known deaths. That means 1 in 10,000 (300) to 1 in 5,000 (600) cases died. That ratio translates to a survival rate of 99,99% for 300 dying, and 99.98% if 600 died. Children have proven to be an extremely resilient population, concerning COVID infections. Nationally, (according to the Worldometer website), 33,000,000 COVID infections have been reported in the USA, with deaths approaching 600,000 (including every age group). That ratio works out to 1.8% death rate, or1death for every 55 infections. Given those hard numbers, I think that we need to reevaluate the wisdom of giving any vaccines to children. They seem to amazingly well at rebounding from COVID infections.
When you compare one trend line vs. another and see a change, either trend can be the culprit. This is not science, you need to compare the kids’ trend vs. a control group. Otherwise it’s fear mongering.
Buried in the article is this gem: “on an annual basis, this year, we’ve had, depending on whose numbers you use, somewhere between 300 and 600 pediatric deaths from COVID-19.” Notice the rate is flat. It is not increasing.
So if there’s a delta between the two trends, it’s because the other one is dropping, not because kids are increasing. And shouldn’t we be HAPPY about that?
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