Letter to the editor: Note age differences with COVID

Posted 9/24/20

Note age differences with COVID As of Sept. 3, CBS Denver reports 37 schools had 39 reported COVID cases out of 19,000 students with zero hospitalizations and zero deaths. Aug. 22, CDC reports the …

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Letter to the editor: Note age differences with COVID

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Note age differences with COVID

As of Sept. 3, CBS Denver reports 37 schools had 39 reported COVID cases out of 19,000 students with zero hospitalizations and zero deaths. Aug. 22, CDC reports the 0-24 age group had 324 deaths in a population size of 104 million. 65+ age group, 130,000 died (79% of all COVID-19 deaths). U.S. nursing homes reported 68,000 deaths (NY Times).

There are ~60M children under 15 in the US. During March 1-July 31, the following tragic deaths occurred within this group: 13,106 — all causes, 1,193 — unintentional injury, 149 — influenza, 42 — COVID. Three times more flu deaths … but ~1M times more focus on the COVID threat (CDC).

As for the under 24 age group for viral load spreading, deaths, etc., there are tons of scientific evidenced-based studies in Europe showing this age group can go to school/colleges safely.

“Iceland study used actual genetic mapping and found extremely low transmission risk.”

Schools are open in Sweden, closed in Finland. Researchers conclude “closure or not, schools had no measurable direct impact on the number of laboratory confirmed cases in school-aged children in Finland or Sweden.”

“The Academy of American Pediatrics says focus on the science, not politics. Kids should be physically present in schools.”

What we are doing is electing to distribute the epi burden evenly across lower and higher risk age groups. And by doing this we are probably increasing the eventual size of the pandemic. It’s insane.

Steve Taraborelli

Highlands Ranch

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