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The COVID-19 Crisis: Consequences on Children
The alliteration of the title does not denote a jovial overtone for the following article. Let’s be blunt: the COVID-19 pandemic policies and zeitgeist have seriously messed with kids.
Consider the study in Denmark which found that "long COVID" symptoms lasting over a month were common in both kids who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and a control group. But kids in the positive group (ages 6-17) reported symptoms more often - and - here’s the key point - their parents reported MORE “long COVID” too. Turns out mom’s hot flashes are contagious!
In a national cohort of 12,788 adolescents, those reporting parents experiencing ongoing problems from COVID-19 had 1.79-fold (95%CI: 1.58-2.02) higher odds of experiencing LONG COVID 6 months after a SARS-CoV-2 PCR-test than those reporting parents without ongoing symptoms
Lockdowns and other restrictions brought on by the pandemic have really taken a toll on teenagers, causing disruptions to education and socialization that have led to increased anxiety and worsening mental health. The pandemic has also caused a global increase in child labor, and an estimated 228,000 children in South Asia have died due to supply chain snafus. These realities have further exacerbated existing inequalities and caused developmental delays in babies in these countries.
To combat the pandemic, masks and isolation were implemented in many places, including schools. The Head Start program (which JUST TOMORROW will allow all kids to go maskless) published concerns almost a year ago about the effects of COVID-19 rules on their students. There have also been reports of increased infant abuse and child sex abuse during the pandemic, likely due to stress and isolation. The lockdowns and other restrictions have also caused spikes in diabetes and obesity in children, and the cancellation of sports has had a major impact on kids.
Abusive head trauma in infants nearly doubled in the Paris metropolitan area during the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, with cases increasing from 1.4 cases per month in 2020 to 2.7 cases per month in 2021 (adjusted incidence rate ratio [aIRR] 1.92, 95% CI 1.23-2.99, P=0.02)
Mortality rates from abusive head trauma in infants jumped nearly 10-fold in 2021 (odds ratio 9.39, 95% CI 1.88-47.00)
The median age of infants with abusive head trauma in the study was 4 months, and 65% were male. Of the 99 cases studied, 87% had bridging vein thrombosis, 75% had retinal hemorrhages, 32% had fractures, 26% had status epilepticus, and 20% had skin injuries.
39 billion missed school meals by January 2021.
Millions of estimated life-years lost among students in the USA alone.
We were proud in 2020 to help Dr. Scott Atlas when he was at the Trump White House trying to right the policy wrongs that hurt children. He recently wrote an excellent piece in The New Criterion
All honest leaders, all individuals with integrity, should acknowledge that people were directly damaged and even died from the censorship of truth. - Scott Atlas
Here are just some of the stats that Scott highlights in his piece:
A review from 2006 indicated that lockdowns are both ineffective and harmful
Lockdowns should not be seriously considered due to their negative effects
The closure of in-person schools and the use of experimental drugs in schoolchildren has had negative consequences for children in the US
Children have a low risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19
Most transmission of COVID-19 to children comes from adults
There is no evidence that opened schools pose a significant risk to children, communities, or teachers
The median IFR for children under 19 was 0.0003% during the pre-vaccination period (until the end of 2020)
No excess deaths among children and adolescents were observed in countries with reliable death registration data during the pandemic
The number of fatalities among children under 5 from all causes was 25-50 times higher during lockdowns compared to the five previous years
The overall number of child fatalities from all causes was 4-10 times higher during lockdowns compared to the five previous years
Lockdowns resulted in a 10-20% increase in new cases of severe child abuse and a 50-80% increase in fatalities from child abuse
Lockdowns caused a 30-50% increase in cases of malnutrition and a 50-100% increase in fatalities from malnutrition
Lockdowns resulted in a 40-60% increase in new cases of mental illness in children and adolescents and a 100-200% increase in suicides by young people
Lockdowns caused a 50-80% decrease in vaccination rates for children, leading to outbreaks of preventable diseases
Lockdowns resulted in a 50-80% decrease in diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases in children, leading to significant morbidity and potential long-term harm
Lockdowns had a negative impact on children's education and development, with long-term consequences for their prospects and well-being.
In the face of pandemic fears, some countries began administering vaccines to children. However, the UK health authorities have long stated that the vaccine has underperformed in children, and the country has started making damage payments as a result. Germany, on the other hand, is not advising the vaccine for most children at all.
Some of the bravest authors came together to look at vaccines. Their study assessed the risk and benefit of COVID-19 vaccine booster mandates for young adults aged 18-29 at universities. The researchers found that to prevent one COVID-19 hospitalization in a 6-month period, it would be necessary for 31,207 to 42,836 young adults to receive a third mRNA vaccine. The study also found that booster mandates for young adults are expected to result in a net harm, with at least 18.5 serious adverse events anticipated for each COVID-19 hospitalization prevented. These serious adverse events may include booster-associated myopericarditis in males, which typically requires hospitalization, and grade ≥3 reactogenicity interfering with daily activities. The researchers concluded that booster mandates for young adults at universities are unethical because they do not consider updated risk-benefit assessments for this age group, may result in a net harm to healthy young adults, are not proportionate to the anticipated benefits, violate the reciprocity principle, and may have wider negative societal impacts.
One in 500 kids under the age of five were hospitalized after receiving the vaccine. To prevent one COVID-19 hospitalization over a 6-month period, it is estimated that 31,207-42,836 young adults aged 18-29 years must receive a third mRNA vaccine.
There will be at least 18.5 serious adverse events from mRNA vaccines per COVID-19 hospitalization prevented, including 1.5-4.6 booster-associated myopericarditis cases in males (typically requiring hospitalization).
There will be 1430-4626 cases of grade ≥3 reactogenicity (interference with daily activities, but typically not requiring hospitalization) per COVID-19 hospitalization prevented.
The prevalence of prior SARS-CoV-2 infection is high.
Current vaccines do not significantly reduce transmission.
The age at peak risk for myopericarditis is 16-17 years.
Next, the mental health issues are legion:
44.2% of high school students in a nationwide survey of 7,705 students described persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness that prevented them from participating in normal activities.
9% of students in the same survey reported attempting suicide.
55.1% of teenage respondents in the same survey said they suffered emotional abuse from a parent or another adult in their house in the preceding year.
11.3% of teenage respondents in the same survey said they suffered physical abuse.
There is A LOT of people to answer for and this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Here are some relevant studies and reports to get more info (via our friend The Robber Baron!):