See, what have I been saying?
Courtesy of CNN:
Health experts say children make up more than 7% of all coronavirus cases in the US — while comprising about 22% of the country’s population — and the number and rate of child cases have been “steadily increasing” from March to July.
The data was posted alongside updated guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for pediatricians that also includes what is known about the virus in children.
“Recent evidence suggests that children likely have the same or higher viral loads in their nasopharynx compared with adults and that children can spread the virus effectively in households and camp settings,” the guidance states.
Transmission of the virus to and among children may have been reduced in spring and early summer due to mitigation measures like stay-at-home orders and school closures, the CDC says.
But now, schools and universities across the country are reopening and in some cases have had to readjust their approach following positive tests among students and staff. How to safely welcome students back has been an ongoing debate between local and state leaders as some push for a return to normalcy and others fear returning to class could prove deadly for some. In some cases, teachers have opted to resign rather than risk contracting the virus.
“So if I’m put into a classroom of 30 or more kids, it’s a small room, there’s one exit, the ventilation isn’t all that great for schools,” Arizona teacher Matt Chicci, who quit his job, told CNN. “It’s not a good situation.”
Gee, no kidding.
The CEO of one Tennessee hospital did not pull any punches.
Courtesy of News Channel 5:
Meharry Hospital CEO Dr. James Hildreth is pointing to new research that he says shows it’s not safe for schools to reopen.
The statements were made during Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s Thursday’s COVID-19 briefing. Dr. Hildreth, who regularly speaks at the briefings, points to a new study from the University of Florida involving COVID-19 particles found in the air in a hospital isolation room.
That study proves, according to Dr. Hildreth, that COVID-19 can be transferred through the air in a controlled environment, such as a hospital isolation room, much less an enclosed space with poor ventilation like schools or churches.
“It is now beyond dispute that children can be infected, will be infected, some of them will get sick, and unfortunately, as we know, some of them will also die,” Dr. Hildreth said during Thursday’s briefing.
Dr. Hildreth also pointed his comments towards lawmakers pushing for schools to reopen. “With all due respect, some of our elected leaders who have pushed to open schools the hardest are the least qualified to know if it’s safe to do so, and they’re refusing to listen to the public health experts who spent their whole lives and careers studying these things.”
Now I have been giving you bad Coronavirus news all day today so I thought I would end this post with a little hopeful news.
Courtesy of SF Gate:
A new saliva-based test for the coronavirus developed by Yale scientists has been granted an emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according the agency.
The testing method, termed SalivaDirect, has been used so far to test asymptomatic players and staff from the National Basketball Association, Yale officials said.
Results have been similar to those obtained through the traditional nasal-based test, officials said, and it has been “validated with reagents and instruments from multiple vendors,” which could defray supply chain issues that have limited testing across the country.
Through the authorization from the FDA, the tests are “immediately available to other diagnostic laboratories that want to start using the new test, which can be scaled up quickly for use across the nation — and, perhaps, beyond — in the coming weeks,” researchers said.
There you go there is a little good news for you.
I think this is the same test that my daughter’s company is using to test the people working on her reality show, and she seems to think it’s effective.
Look, at this moment in time, we could use as much good news as we can get.