If schoolchildren are more likely to be hit by lightning than to die of the coronavirus, and if, as one of the government’s key scientific advisors says today, ‘it is extremely difficult to find any instance, anywhere in the world, as a single example of a child transmitting to a teacher in school’ (my emphasis), why were schools shut in the first place?
The answer, obviously, is fear. Parents have feared sending their children to school due to inflated daily death counts, and the government has feared the electoral cost of making unpopular decisions (it’s clear a good bunch of their advisors never believed in the guidelines, anyway).
Meanwhile, sceptics of the government’s lockdown have been accused of selfishness for placing ‘money above lives’ when urging caution in the closing of schools, and of the country at large.
But, despite this mudslinging, this is an important question which must be put to the government (perhaps in an inquiry).
We also shouldn’t shy away from asking whether the whole lockdown itself was necessary, especially now England’s chief medical officer has suggested the virus was in retreat before this extraordinary measure was enforced.
The amount of damage which has been done is immense, and those response must not be let off the hook.
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