To be clear, there is yet to be any published data showing that the “new” B.1.1.7 variant is more harmful to children. If you’ve been given the impression otherwise, please note it down as simply another example of misrepresentation of evidence from so-called experts, and one more situation where journalists allow anecdotal evidence to rise above the scientific method.
Please note that the reopening of schools did lead to more children being tested and, as expected, more asymptomatic cases were discovered. Furthermore, if a child enters a hospital for any reason whatsoever, such as a broken bone, but then tests positive for Covid, that child is then considered as a Covid hospitalization even if no symptoms are present. I give credit to the Montreal Gazette for accurately reporting that the data on children could be confounded by this factor:
“Some children are hospitalized for non-COVID ailments, but test positive for the coronavirus while in hospital as part of standard screening. Since they are already in hospital, the positive test result counts as a COVID-19 hospitalization even though the child might be asymptomatic or shows mild symptoms of the respiratory illness.”
Dr. John Bradley, a US paediatrician pushing for children to return to school, said “there is nothing unique about B.1.1.7 in children that I have seen from any published data.” Another paediatrician, Dr. Daniel Ganjian, stated that “kids may be getting B.1.1.7, but that doesn’t mean they’re getting more sick from it”. And Dr. Juan Salazar, a pediatric infectious disease specialist, said the following in an April 6th interview with Yahoo Life: “This virus has impacted children since the pandemic started, but I haven’t seen increases in kids coming through the ICU because of B.1.1.7”.
In short, there is no published evidence that this variant is causing more children to suffer, yet the public is receiving a vastly different message.
We must therefore ask what is the goal of misrepresenting the data and providing a false alarm?
- Is it to encourage people to become more prudent ?
- Is it to get more attention when competing with other media outlets?
- Is it to use fear to encourage vaccination?
- Is it to justify the rushed vaccination of children even though the evidence is clear that they are virtually immune to this disease?
- And finally, would the public be better served by more accurate headlines and communication from the experts commenting on this pandemic?
What do you think?
My latest video – Covid-19 Vaccines: The Misrepresentation of Science – highlights 3 reasons why the public is poorly informed, and provides an opportunity to raise the level of the conversation so that we can all do better.
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