“STUMBLING IN THE DARK”: SCHOOLS TRY TO REOPEN


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As reported last week in our article, “FLORIDA DATA PROVES: SCHOOLS SAFE TO REOPEN”
Since the beginning of last summer, political leaders in the U.S., backed by their health experts and amplified by a mainstream media glad to accommodate, have been putting forth the notion that schools are “super-spreader” environments requiring the need to be extremely cautious about reopening.
Our article went on to show how these hyper-fearful warnings are not validated by hard, scientific data. In fact, many schools that have reopened have learned how to keep students and teachers safe. 
On 22 March, the Wall Street Journal published an article titled: 

Some Schools Have Been Open for Months. Here’s What They Learned

Highlights from the article include:
“Some of what they learned is consistent with what many scientists have been touting—that masking, ventilation, distancing, and regular testing when possible are effective ways to reduce transmission of Covid-19 in schools. Other once-lauded tactics, such as daily temperature checks and deep cleaning of surfaces, have become lower priorities.
They also have learned that teachers, not their students, are likely the primary transmitters of the virus in grade schools, that children are likely most at risk of infection during lunchtime, and that tools such as portable air cleaners and carbon-dioxide monitors can help.
Some findings run counter to conventional wisdom. Hybrid learning, for example, where students split time between the classroom and home, may be riskier in some cases than full-time in-person classes because children are potentially exposed to more people.
When school started last fall, superintendent Grant Rivera of the Marietta School District in Georgia, felt like a man stumbling in the dark as he and his staff tried to figure out how to keep students and teachers safe. ‘We didn’t have the understanding of what was spreading the disease. We threw everything at the wall to try and figure out what would work.’  
At first, Dr. Rivera said he feared the virus was primarily spread on desks and doorknobs and high school students chatting with each other in the hallways. A CDC investigation found that wasn’t the case. Instead, the virus was getting a foothold because of poor physical distancing among teachers and students.
Researchers have found that the viral spread is most prevalent among young adults and less so among school-age children, and when there is COVID-19 spread in schools, it often originates with the staff.
Less than 10 percent of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. have been among children and adolescents between 5 and 17, the CDC said, and rates of death of COVID are very low among children compared with adults.”
TRENDPOST: There is still great resistance among teachers’ unions in the United States to return to school. And, if they do, the regulations being imposed on students lack scientific data.
As we reported last week, the CDC changed the social distancing regulation for students from six feet to three feet. 
In our 23 June article, “MAKE IT UP, THEY WILL BELIEVE IT,” we wrote that according to research, there was no data to back up the length of the distance:
A review of 172 studies cited in the medical journal The Lancet, Professors Heneghan and Jefferson published an article titled, “There’s No Scientific Evidence for COVID Two-Metre Rule.”
Their research shows that “only a handful of the articles actually studied COVID-19, and they showed proximity had no impact.” They also concluded, “Much of the evidence in this current outbreak informing policy is poor quality.”
The same lack of science has been attributed to the fear being spread by large groups of people gathering. Indeed, the mayor of Miami called a state of emergency last week to stop the Spring Break crowds that were filling the streets.
However, as we had also noted in our 23 June Trends Journal, following the large Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the U.S. last year, there were no reported “surges” in coronavirus cases, according to the Wall Street Journal article with this headline:

Virus Are Not Seen After Protests

– WSJ, 19 June 2020

Yet, these facts, as with the deadly dangers of hand sanitizers, are barely reported and quickly ignored as COVID rules lacking a scintilla of scientific facts are imposed and re-imposed on entire populations. 
Indeed, yesterday, President Biden warned,
“With cases rising again, variants are spreading, and sadly, some of the reckless behavior we’ve seen on television over the past few weeks means that more cases are to come in the weeks ahead…
I’m reiterating my call for every governor, mayor and local leader to maintain and reinstate the mask mandate.”
Again, as we have detailed with the available scientific data that is available, not only are the vast majority of masks ineffective in stopping the virus, they can be dangerous to one’s health.
Some of our articles on the ineffectiveness of wearing masks include:
5 January: DANISH STUDY: MASKS OFFER VERY LIMITED PROTECTION
9 March: DOUBLE MASK? DOUBLE-DOWN FAILURE
3 November: FACING THE TRUTH, PART I: THE GREAT MASK-QUERADE
3 November: FACING THE TRUTH, PART II: MORE EVIDENCE MASKS ARE INEFFECTIVE
3 November: MASK MADNESS
27 October: GERMAN DOC: MANDATORY MASK-WEARING IS “CRIMINAL”
20 October: “MASKS ARE A POLITICAL AGENDA”
20 October: DOCTORS: WEAR MASKS, GET SICK
20 October: MORE EVIDENCE: MASKS OFFER “LITTLE, IF ANY, PROTECTION”
6 October: FACE MASKS: POLITICS COUNTS, SCIENCE DOESN’T
29 September: EUROPEAN HEALTH OFFICIALS AGREE: MASKS DON’T WORK

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