In the CV-19 briefing today, Chris did the usual guilting, which is really getting old. They got pressed on the clear over-reaction to the Eitzen incident. Huff got in a huff and said the staff had been traumatized. What a load. Then we learn that they had not told these locations ahead of time that the surveyors would be in town. Chris claims that we are still seeing Labor Day weekend effect. That is a lie, completely inconsistent with the known incubation period. They are very proud of their excessive testing that is turning up false and low positives. People are trying to get the state to say they will go after the presidential campaigns or a certain presidential campaign for not following guidelines. More nonsense about sources of spread without giving us any data, not one piece of actual data on age to age transmission. Pathetic.
And so is the approach to schools. The CDC issued an early paper on what has happened with children returning to school. The answer is what the research would tell you to expect, not much. (CDC Report) The study runs through September 19. Children were divided into groups of age 5 to 11 and 12 to 17. Incidence was about twice as high in the older group compared to the younger one. Despite ludicrously high testing rates, the CDC was not able to identify any increase in incidence since a large number of children returned to in-person schooling in August. In fact, incidence appears down since school started compared to spring and summer. The CDC as usual tries to create some fear, but the data simply doesn’t support it. Keeping kids out of real school is criminal behavior and should be treated as such. It causes lasting, irreversible damage. Those responsible should be severely punished.