I wrote a blog entitled: Closing Schools Saves Lives. The obvious corollary of this statement is that leaving schools open takes lives. Based on what happened in the US last spring, it was obvious that if the schools opened this year that children would get infected and that some of them would die. It’s started.
I wrote about a child who lost his life in Report to the Disintegration Chambers. His name was Alex Garcia. He was 11 years old. He was a student at the James Ray Collins Elementary School in Scottsboro, Alabama. The first day of school was August 10, 2009. He died on August 31, 2009 (The Daily Sentinel).
I wish that this was the last child who went to school, got H1N1 and died. But he wasn’t.
Hunter Elementary School in Fairbanks Alaska began classes on August 17, 2009. Last week, one of their students died. From the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District:
A 10-year old student has passed away from symptoms of probable H1N1 (swine flu) virus. A school nurse sent the student home around noon on Sept. 3rd, 2009 with flu symptoms and the child was admitted to the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital overnight. After not responding well to treatment, the child was transported to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage and was pronounced dead late in the evening on Sept. 4, 2009.
Denham Springs High School in Louisiana started classes on August 7, 2009. Taylor Brian, a 19 year old senior, died on September 5, 2009. From the AP:
The fourth person to die as the result of swine flu has been identified as a 19-year-old Denham Springs woman.
Taylor Whitney Brian’s mother said her daughter died Saturday at a Baton Rouge hospital after testing negative three times for the swine flu virus. Ruthie Brian said her daughter first became sick on Aug. 20 and was diagnosed with strep throat.
Taylor Brian was a senior at Denham Springs High School.
These deaths are no surprise. They are the natural and expected consequence of the decision that Thomas Frieden, Director of the CDC, made to keep the schools open this year. Note, the schools in which these deaths occurred opened early, relative to most schools in the US. This means that we can expect many more deaths among students in the coming weeks now that schools have started throughout the US.
It is obvious.