Seriously, how did they not see this coming?

Courtesy of The Independent:

Reopening schools following coronavirus lockdowns is linked to a surge in transmissions within a month, according to the first study to look at the impact of lifting restrictions on the R rate.

Children’s return to classrooms was followed by an average 24-per-cent rise in the R transmission number, University of Edinburgh researchers found after analysing data from 131 countries.

The only other measure linked to a higher increase in the rate is lifting a ban on groups gathering, which led to a 25-per-cent rise in R. To create their models, the authors linked data on country-level R estimates from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine with information about non-pharmaceutical interventions from the Oxford Covid-19 government response tracker.

R represents the average number of people each person with Covid-19 goes on to infect. When the figure is above one, an outbreak can grow exponentially.

Reopening schools was associated with a 24-per-cent increase in R after 28 days, although the researchers cautioned they were unable to account for different precautions some countries implemented for reopening schools, such as limiting class sizes, social distancing, cleaning, personal hygiene, face masks, and temperature checks.

It appears that even with precautions that reopening schools while the pandemic is still raging in your country is a fucking stupid idea.

And don’t for an instant think that this virus will not take the children’s lives, because it can, and it will. 

Courtesy of NBC News:

A kindergarten student has died of Covid-19 at the Amarillo Independent School District in northern Texas, NBC affiliate KAMR reports.

Parents Lastassija White and Quincy Drone told the NBC affiliate that their five-year-old daughter Tagan died suddenly after a short battle with the virus.

“She loved to learn,” White said, adding that her late daughter would so fastidious about wearing a mask that she would even remind her mom if she forgot hers.

White said Tagan became very sleepy last week, and then began to vomit, so she brought her to the emergency department where she tested positive for the coronavirus.

Tagan had no obvious symptoms like fever or cough. White told KAMR that doctors said her daughter “would be fine” because it “doesn’t affect kids.”

Tagan continued to weaken and her parents said they called the ambulance after it appeared that she had stopped breathing. She died shortly after.

“This doctor told us that our child would be fine, and our child didn’t even make it twenty-four hours. She died within the next fifteen hours,” Drone, Tagan’s father, said.

They are planning to reopen schools here in Alaska as well, and I have been screaming my head off about it. 

We simply CANNOT safely return children to in-person education at this time.

Especially not in America.