Are children the “infectors” of this pandemic? Are schools becoming hotbeds? Among schools closed from March 2020 until the end of the school year, DAD, distance learning, DDI, integrated digital teaching, face-to-face teaching and quarantines, it was a challenging year for everyone, especially for children. We asked the pedagogist Daniele Novara to be able to report here his appeal on the topic published yesterday on the website of the CPP, Psycho-Pedagogical Center for Education and Conflict Management, of which he is director and founder.
Covid-19 Prejudices against children are back
“The prejudice against children returns from various quarters, the idea that they are the spreaders of the new virus and even those that will affect their grandparents. It is an idea that has no scientific basis, abundantly denied and obviously not even the variants represent a possible confirmation of this dramatic prejudice towards children.
I put back in line the evidence acquired during a long and tragic year of Covid to stop taking fireflies for lanterns and help the collective memory not to fail.
- The virus has not substantially affected children except in some rare cases as a simple contagion without significant symptoms and without any mortality.
- There is no definitive scientific confirmation on the fact that children are actually contagious and even more so that this contagiousness is fatal towards their grandparents. No tracking has so far been able to validate this hypothesis. As for boys and teens, the situation is slightly different, but not substantially. Covid affects the “elderly” segment of the population in a dangerous way, or in any case in the second half of life.
- The only evidence is that children and even young people are undergoing a life of confinement and isolation with very dangerous damage compared to their growth in psychiatric and psycho-evolutionary terms. The data on the increase in suicides, self-harm and psychiatric illnesses in adolescence are widely known and continue to rise, especially when schools are closed.
- As regards the latter, the provisions envisaged by the Government guarantee total safety and the epidemiological data collected in the schools themselves, even last autumn, have shown that they are not the hotbed of morbidity. At Primary School, children are even forced to wear masks for all 8 hours. It does not even happen in pediatric wards.
Lastly, even the prestigious English medical journal Lancet, in the last issue of February, ruled out that the famous “variants” of the virus create a growth in infections and their danger in children.
It is not clear where “these rumors” come from. Which scientific tests do they refer to?
Believing that the closure of schools leads to an improvement in infections has no type of confirmation. In recent months, the peak in mortality was December 5 with 659 deaths, while all schools had been closed for thirteen days.
The school is a safe, healthy and rigorous environment unlike the home environments which often present themselves as real epidemic outbreaks. Therefore, keeping schools open, as data on the growth of Covid mortality during the Christmas holidays show, is an element of safety and prevention.
There is no point in continuing to ask for the closure of schools, indeed, this request not only appears eccentric, but can produce a real boomerang effect.
The fury against children, young people and their rights appears to be one of the most serious legacies that we will face at the end of this pandemic.
A legacy weighed down by glaring errors substantially linked to the absence of childhood and adolescent professionals in the committees responsible for deciding.
A serious gap and lack that risks paying the whole of society because children and young people are our future. Avoiding insisting on this path is the least that can be asked of the new government “.