Quebec’s premier, François Legault, said in his press conference today that “Omicron has less effect on children, especially when they are vaccinated.”
I would like to see the data on this, Mr. Legault, especially since the child mortality rate, regardless of vaccines, is estimated to be about one in a million – similar to the odds of being struck by lighting.
The correct statement would have been: “just like all the other variants, Omicron poses no real risk to children”.
The flu remains more dangerous to children than Covid, as does the risk of drowning or dying in a car accident.
According to data from the CDC, children aged 5-14 years old are 11 times more likely to die of cancer, and 10 times more likely to die in a car accident than from Covid.
Children between the ages of 1-4 are 14 times more at risk of drowning, and 4 times more likely to die from the flu than from Covid.
Infants under the age of 1 are 20 times more likely to die from suffocation, and 3 times more likely to die from the flu than from Covid.
As an article from the New York Times rationally stated, “The biggest risk to your child’s health today almost certainly is not Covid. It’s more likely to be an activity that you have long decided is acceptable – like swimming, riding a bicycle or traveling in a car”.
My message to parents is as follows: understand the real risk-benefit ratio before making the decision to vaccinate your children. Also, please teach them how to swim…
Naturopath, Health Educator
Markito Fitness & Nutrition