Children and coronavirus – the facts have made a worse fool of Johnson

A class at school: if just one of these pupils had the coronavirus, who knows how many would have taken it home with them at the end of the day?

Children can be invisible carriers of the coronavirus, playing a key role in its spread, according to scientists.

The revelation has made Boris Johnson’s decision to keep schools open for as long as possible look even more ignorant and dangerous than it already did.

According to Jonathan Ball, who is a professor of molecular virology, young people are at less risk of suffering serious illness as a result of contracting the virus – but this means their potential for harming more vulnerable people could be devastating.

And Boris Johnson insisted that they remain in contact with those vulnerable people for as long as possible.

Professor Ball said that, in more than 85 per cent of confirmed cases, symptoms can go undetected or be easily confused with the common cold of mild flu.

Coronavirus’s biggest weapon – the thing that has, according to one study, allowed it to spread so easily – is this ability to cause mild disease in the majority of people it infects.

When you can’t easily tell if someone has a cold or coronavirus, case identification and infection control are far more difficult – and Boris Johnson closed down testing for the disease.

As a result, according to Professor Ball:

Far from being uninfected by this virus, children could in fact be its unseen carriers, important links in community transmission chains.

By assuming that the young and healthy weren’t at risk, the UK government may have underestimated the effects of coronavirus.

Younger people and children are less likely to die from coronavirus, but their mild symptoms could make them contagious carriers of the virus – and they are more difficult to spot.

So now you know.

Those of you who spotted mild symptoms in your children and isolated them immediately are to be congratulated; you did absolutely the right thing.

Those in your government who said schools should stay open so “children congregate en masse, often in close proximity, and then return home, taking with them any new infection they’ve picked up” are to be vilified.

Let’s be honest: it is politicians like Johnson who have really been spreading the infection.

Source: What scientists know so far about the effects of coronavirus on children | Jonathan Ball | Opinion | The Guardian

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2 Thoughts to “Children and coronavirus – the facts have made a worse fool of Johnson”

  1. Loony

    And you didn’t need to be a Professor in molecular virology to work that one out!
    School is the incubator for the walking germ factories aka our children. The only “expertise” required to make that “giant breakthrough” is working in a school/nursery or being a parent!
    Well, most parents, granted. The kind of parents we have playing at running the country wouldn’t understand that simple fact!
    It was a whole section of the dots in the picture that were missing. Not only the infection risk within school but also getting there and back on buses ect.
    This clown has got to be removed, his ineptitude can’t be laughed off with “it’s Boris”.

  2. I REMEMBER WHEN MY SON WAS 5 YEARS OLD. HADNT BEEN AT SCHOOL LONG. BUT WAS GETTING COLDS FREQUENTLY. I TOOK THE DECISION TO KEEP HIM OFF SCHOOL WHEN HE GOT THEM. ONE TEACHER HAD A GO AT HIM FOR BEING OFF SCHOOL TOO MUCH SO I HAD A GO BACK.I HAD BEEN A NURSE UP TO 6/7 YEARS BEFORE AND KNEW ALL ABOUT CROSS INFECTION. I LIVED IT EVERY DAY FOR 11 YEARS. SO I SIMPLY TOLD HER THAT IF THEY INSISTED ON KIDS BEING SENT HOME WHEN THEY PRESENTED WITH A COLD, OTHER KIDS WOULDN’T GET THEM N IT WOULD SOON BE ERADICATED..OF COURSE NO NOTICE WAS TAKEN… BUT I CONTINUED TO KEEP MY KIDS OFF WHEN THEY STARTED WITH ONE.

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