The medical establishment’s hysterical and fraudulent approach to grappling with the Fauci Flu with regard to young people needs to be recognized as wholly misplaced and damaging in innumerable ways. It could more simply be described as child abuse. Children’s health encompasses much more than a univariable measure of Covid case and death counts, including social development and emotional well being. None of this should have to be stated, but as the upcoming school year brings yet another round of discussions of how to conduct in-person schooling, a grounding in data, statistics, and dare we say, science must be conducted.
There are two pertinent facts from which to start the analyses and comparisons. First, there are roughly 75 million young people between the ages of 0-18 in the United States. Second, only 401 have died while testing positive for Covid since the onset of the pandemic.
As with most of all Covid deaths, most of the deceased young people had underlying health conditions. One earlier study suggested that this accounted for 75% of all Covid-related deaths of youth. As I wrote about earlier, within the United States 95% of all Covid deaths recorded between March of 2020 and March of 2021 manifested an underlying health condition like obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and anxiety. Whether it’s 75% or 95% is irrelevant; the fact remains that of the 401 documented deaths of children with or from Covid, the vast majority were predisposed to higher rates of mortality due to their preexisting conditions.
In a vacuum, 401 deaths of young people is tragic, particularly when those deaths are perceived as preventable (if only we had thicker masks, harsher lockdowns, and FDA-approved injections!). Parents and non-parents alike can sympathize with the painful loss of a child. But a unifactorial analysis of Covid and children is hardly the only way to measure a society’s efforts to protect its young people. There are both quantifiable and unquantifiable companion considerations that, holistically, can provide a better macro view of the state of the world in which our young people will interact.
As mentioned, there are roughly 75 million young people between the ages of 0-18 in the United States. In a given year, roughly 20,000 will die, mostly a result of accidental deaths. Suddenly, the figure of 401 looks smaller, and indeed it is. The total number of Covid deaths comprise just 2% of all deaths within the age group of 0-18. The CDC also previously published data suggesting that youths had a survival rate of 99.997%. On top of that, study after study has demonstrated young people are not only not susceptible to the harmful side effects of Covid, they are not even vectors of transmission for neither young nor old populations. Given this information, blue state tyrants have little science-backed reasons for acting on their authoritarian tendencies when viewed through the lens of extended school closures or vaccination of any school-age person.
Not only is Covid not particularly dangerous to young people, but as it pertains specifically to respiratory illnesses, it makes up just a fraction of all lethal pulmonary conditions. The CDC estimates 434 young people between the ages of 0-17 died from flu complications for 2019-2020. This is higher than Covid itself, and yet what narrative is being pushed? That finding alone is remarkable given the absence of flu testing done for the most recent flu season. The previous flu season in 2018-2019 led to an estimated 480 deaths in young people and the year prior was twice (!) that amount. Worth mentioning is that a flu season typically lasts from just October to March and that the 401 Covid deaths are the cumulative amount stretching from January of 2020 to July of 2021. Suffice to say, no one has ever advocated for in-person masking or remote learning in schools, let alone a mandatory flu vaccine, in the face of deadlier realities.
Rather than Covid presenting serious risks, the bulk of deaths in the youngest populations come from car accidents (4,000+) and firearm accidents (3,000+). Are we not bothered by these as much as we are by Covid?
Despite at least ten times more children dying annually in auto accidents than from Covid, there has never been an argument for limiting the ability of young people to travel via automobile. There has certainly never been a serious attempt to raise the legal driving age to 18, which would irrefutably save thousands of lives annually. Relatedly, no one has ever pushed for lower speed limits, which would also achieve the same results of greater driving safety. Comprehensively, then, the American populace can expect to endure thousands of accidental injury-related deaths for their young people.
In terms of the second-leading cause of death, the phrasing of the latter figure might conjure images of a child happening upon a loose firearm and accidentally discharging it, but the reality is that about two-thirds of those deaths fall into the category of suicide and the other third relates to homicide. Put differently, the data suggests that twice as many black teenage gangbangers are killed solely by homicide by other black teenage gangbangers on a per annum basis than have been killed by Covid. If anyone deserves being locked down – or locked up, as it were – we should start with inner-city youth populations.
Most shocking and upsetting is the fact that rather than save young people, the drastic measures ostensibly enacted to prevent their deaths actually created a situation that produced more than ever before. Suicide data for young people, which was already increasing at alarming rates, skyrocketed during the course of 2020’s lockdowns and forced isolation among an entirely socially-dependent demographic. Precise data has been difficult to come by, but two inseparable realities converge: 1) Thousands of young people were committing suidice prior to the pandemic (for example, 534 people between the ages of 10-14 died by suicide in 2019) and 2) Suicide rates exceeded even the worst trends of past years.
A publication from the Foundation for Economic Freedom captured the destruction of youthful innocence in a January 2021 article by stating:
“In Pima County, Arizona suicides were up 67 percent in 2020 compared to the previous year for children ages 12 to 17, and statewide childhood suicides had also increased since 2019. West Virginia has seen a spike in student suicide attempts during the pandemic. Parts of Wisconsin reported skyrocketing suicide rates among young people in 2020, while hospitals in Texas and North Carolina are seeing more young suicidal patients.
CDC data show a 24 percent increase in emergency room mental health visits for children ages 5 to 11, compared to 2019. Among adolescents ages 12 to 17, that increase is 31 percent. Last summer, the CDC reported that one in four young adults had contemplated suicide in the previous month.”
Taken as a whole, I would bet my house that more young people died by suidce this past year as a result of the response to Covid than from Covid itself.
Unknown and unmeasurable is the permanent psychological scarring of forcing kids to wear unnecessary – and gross – masks lest they contract Covid and either day themselves or kill a loved one. Anyone that works in a school system has heard the parroted, tragic line of “My mom says I need to wear a mask to be safe.” That’s the sanitized version. Kids have been conditioned by parents, guardians, and teachers to live in a world of fear against a virus that poses no statistical risk to them, and by extension the people they come into contact with. What happens when these kids get older? What else do they become afraid of, and more worrisome for society, what else do they allow to happen in the name of collective safety? Kids that barely function in a pre-Covid world cannot be expected to have gotten better. Reliance on social media and technology has only quickened its pace, and such prolonged distancing measures has resulted in a sense of permanent social isolation. Suicides will impact the individual, but how does detached sense of belonging eventually impact others vis-a-vis increased physical crimes?
If the grown-ups in society refuse to take a stand against the completely irrational and decidedly unscientific approach to serving its youngest populations, our so-called future leaders might barely manage to be adequately-adjusted adults. Of course, adults have been voting Democrat for decades, so I ought not rest too much hope on the grown ups anytime soon.