Facing reality

The CDC, May 3, 2009 ( Reuters):

There are “encouraging signs” that the new H1N1 virus that has raised concerns of a pandemic is no more dangerous than routine seasonal flu viruses that circulate annually, a top U.S. health official said on Sunday. Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also defended actions taken by U.S. authorities in trying to limit the impact of the new swine flu virus, saying there has not been an over-reaction. “With seasonal flu, something that hits us every year, we see 36,000 (U.S.) deaths. Here, we’re seeing encouraging signs that this virus so far is not looking more severe than a strain that we would see during seasonal flu,” Besser told “Fox News Sunday.”

The CDC, November 12, 2009 (abc)

“I do believe that the pediatric death toll from this pandemic will be extensive and much greater than what we had with seasonal flu,” says Anne Schuchat, M.D. from the Centers for Disease Control.

Although Dr. Schuchat’s acknowledgment of the terrible toll this virus is taking on children is welcome, one wonders why she does not take any action to stop it. It is no mystery why the “pediatric death toll” will be so extensive. It is because the CDC strongly encouraged schools to remain open. Even schools with high risk children.

The CDC, August 7, 2009 (AJC)

“Closure of schools is rarely indicated,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Atlanta-based U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Except for a few sell-outs (you know who you are), everyone with a brain acknowledges the obvious, the vast majority of kids who died of the new H1N1 got infected in schools. If the schools had not been opened, the death toll among children would be much lower.

The slaughter of the innocents will continue until the schools close. How many more dead children do you want on your conscience, Dr. Schuchat? I know the CDC likes to use arcane models to describe what is happening. At PFI_Forum, we just count the dead and try to honor them as best we can.

Perhaps some of you at the CDC might try this, for just a little while. I invite you to look a the list prepared by Homebody: US Child H1N1 Deaths.

I am hoping that someday soon, someone at the CDC will say to the man in the white coat: “No more.”

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