I am really quite livid and exhausted from the stalwart minimization of the importance of COVID-19 as a public health problem in pediatrics. It's a really dishonest, inconsiderate, and frankly at its core callous position to take.

When people say "only a few hundred died" I have to wonder: do you not understand that children aren't supposed to die?

I realize that sounds like a silly question but I have to ask it because the qualifier "only" does not belong with "few hundred children died."

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Using the CDC Wonder database, influenza and pneumonia was the 7th leading cause of death in children age 14 and under from 1999-2019. A typical flu season has nearly 200 pediatric deaths.

In the 2020-2021 season there was 1 pediatric flu death.
cdc.gov/flu/weekly/index.htm#S

Mitigations measures for COVID-19 worked to crush a respiratory viral disease that is a leading cause of death in children- and COVID-19 killed literally hundreds as many children as that disease did over that same interval.

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@smeg And this isn’t accounting for possible long-term health consequences that may arise from having had a childhood covid-19 infection and recovered.

@smeg This has been boosted onto my timeline (by @rhiannonrevolts) - couldn't stuff about dead children and Covid be CWed?

This is another case of "my opinion is so important that I don't want to CW it" which is bollocks

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