New Data From England: RSV Killed More Kids Than COVID

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In Brief

  • The Facts:
    • Professor of evidence based medicine at Oxford University tweeted a paper highlighting the fact that Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) has killed more children than COVID.

    • Children do not carry a high risk of contracting COVID, and an even lower risk of dying from it.

  • Reflect On:
    • How justified are vaccine mandates for adolescents and children? Does the vaccine pose more of a risk to children than COVID?

    • If older people get vaccinated, aren't they protected, making it unnecessary for children to be vaccinated?

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Data from the 1st year of England’s pandemic reports 25 under-18s died from Covid. For comparison, estimates for Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in the UK report show approximately 450,000 GP appointments, 29,000 hospitalisations and 83 deaths per year in children and adolescents.

In the United States, nearly all children become infected with RSV by age 2, with 75,000 to 125,000 of them hospitalized each year. Globally, RSV affects an estimated 64 million people and causes 160,000 deaths each year.

When it comes to COVID, the mortality risk for children is extremely low, so the push to mandate vaccines for young people is being questioned by many experts in the field. Right now there is extensive pressure on young adults and children to be vaccinated. Multiple universities in the United States like, Cornell, Harvard and Stanford, require all students to get the shot if they want to attend college normally.

We’re also beginning to see some of the same thing in the workplace, where those who are not vaccinated are being discriminated against.

Data from multiple countries since the beginning of the pandemic has stressed that COVID is not a really a concern for younger people.

Even a slight risk of a serious vaccine adverse reaction could tip the benefit-risk calculation, making the vaccine more harmful than beneficial. We have already observed rare problems with blood clots (J & J vaccine) and myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle, (Pfizer and Moderna) in younger people, and additional equally serious issues might still be found.

Dr. Martin Kulldorff & Dr. Jay Bhattacharya in an article they wrote for The Hill

There are countless examples of injuries, or supposed injuries, from the vaccine that have been surfacing in young people. Here’s a recent article I wrote about a 12 year old girl who was severely injured following her second does of the Pfizer vaccine. Here is another regarding the death of a 13 year old by in Michigan. In these two articles, numbers from the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) are included.

It makes you wonder, just how rare are severe injuries from the COVID vaccine? What is the benefit and risk of taking the vaccine compared to the benefits and risks of acquiring a COVID infection for younger people?

One of the main benefits of contracting COVID would be the robust protection provided by natural infection. The latest science suggests even a mild infection provides lifelong protection. With this data, it seems to make little sense to require recovered patients be vaccinated. For them, it simply adds a risk, however small, without any benefit.

What are the arguments for mandating these vaccines? It’s to stop the spread of the virus so that younger children aren’t a source for the spread. Yet if children are at little risk, why not just let older the population get the vaccine instead of exposing children to greater risk of being vaccinated?

This controversy around this stems from the well supported theory that asymptomatic spread is very uncommon. There is power in “herd” immunity” obtained from natural infection, yet it feels mainstream dialogue is pretending this build up immunity doesn’t even exist and immunity can only be obtained via a vaccine.

Keep in mind, indoors, infected individuals who are asymptomatic are more than an order of magnitude less likely to spread COVID compared to symptomatic COVID-19 patients. A meta-analysis of 54 studies from around the world found that within households – where none of the safeguards that restaurants are required to apply are typically applied – symptomatic patients passed on the disease to household members in 18 percent of instances, while asymptomatic patients passed on the disease to household members in 0.7 percent of instances.

These important data points don’t seem to be discussed very often, and they change the perspective of millions of people.

Furthermore, PCR testing is an issue. Just because someone tests “positive” for COVID does not mean that they are infectious. You can read more about that in detail, here.

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