Doctors call out CDC and FDA: COVID-19 guidelines for children do more harm than good

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covid-guidelines-for-kids(NaturalHealth365)  After nearly three years of COVID-19 hysteria, propaganda, fear-mongering, and coercive efforts to control American citizens’ personal health decisions, is the tide finally turning in favor of reason and medical ethics?

Dozens of doctors recently implored the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to stop targeting children with masks, vaxxes, and other ill-advised guidelines surrounding the pandemic.

Nearly three dozen doctors and health care providers put FDA and CDC on notice, urge them to leave kids out of the COVID-19 hysteria

A powerful letter, dated June 21, 2022, has been written, co-signed, and released by dozens of parental advocacy groups along with 29 doctors and other medical providers, including specialists in infectious disease, immunology, pediatrics, public health, microbiology, epidemiology, and internal medicine.

The letter, referred to as a “refreshing dose of sensible medical advice” by Becker News, is specifically addressed to Dr. Ashish Jha, Coronavirus Response Coordinator of the White House, and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC.  It begins by urging Jha and Waleknsy to “revise the CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines with regards to testing, isolation, and vaccine recommendations for children to ensure that public health policies are not doing more harm than good.”

Stating that “all mitigation measures have unintended consequences,” the group of concerned doctors, medical experts, and parent advocacy groups point to precedents already set by other states, provinces, and countries (including the UK, Denmark, British Columbia, and Massachusetts), where routine PCR screening,  mandatory isolation periods, and COVID vax requirements for kids have been mostly phased out.

On the contrary, the letter explains, the “CDC’s COVID-19 school guidelines continue to cause significant disruption to children’s education and to working parents while providing no demonstrable public health benefit in limiting COVID-19 spread.”

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“Significant disruption,” indeed.  U.S. rates of public school attendance dropped precipitously in the 2020-2021 year.  According to national surveys conducted by the American Institutes for Research (AIR), public school attendance rates last year plummeted compared to pre-pandemic years, and the school districts that were hardest hit include “high-poverty districts and districts serving mostly students of color.”

Beyond rising absenteeism – which has been linked to poorer academic performance and an increased risk of drop-out – the CDC’s encouragement of forced school closures and other COVID-19 mitigation measures is poised to contribute to “farther-reaching consequences” for America’s youth, the letter warns, “including lower lifetime earning potential, greater mental health and occupational problems, and reduced life expectancy.”

If CDC DOES finally drop the overbearing and harmful COVID-19 guidelines for kids, these are the strategies that doctors recommend instead

Calling for “common-sense policies for COVID-19, as other nations have done,” the team of doctors and advocacy groups propose in their letter to Jha and Walenksy a variety of changes that the CDC could and should adopt to minimize any further harm to the nation’s children.

Their proposed changes include:

  • No more testing any and all kids for COVID-19 (yes, even if they have COVID-19 symptoms): instead, testing “should be replaced by a “test-to-treat” approach, to identify and treat only those at highest risk (immunocompromised children with complex medical conditions such as cancer) while avoiding disruptions to those at low risk of serious illness.”
  • While the doctors are proponents of encouraging vaccination and prophylactic medications for higher-risk individuals, they urge the CDC to “retire vaccination mandates.” They write: “Vaccines and boosters can be offered based on individual health considerations, but should never be used to exclude children from school or social activities,” citing national and international data showing “clearly” that these jabs do NOT stop transmission nor infection of SARS-CoV-2.

“The emergency phase of COVID-19 is over,” the letter concludes.  “It is time to join our peer countries in recognizing the importance of restoring equitable and maximal access to education, sports, and social connectedness for all children.  Their health and well-being depend on it.” Inspiring words to hear from some of our nation’s primary stakeholders in public health – hopefully, the CDC will listen.

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