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School closures: Ignorant, unscientific govt machinery 'playing' with children's future

By Dr Maya Valecha*

If you want to stop the future of our children being ruined, it is time to wake up and stir the ignorant, unscientific (government) machinery.
It has been proved by many studies and by practical experience in some countries where schools, even day-care centres for kids were not closed and children were not forced masks or distancing and still nothing happened to them.
In the first week of May the results of an Australian study showed that children get very mild Corona if at all they get and they don't even spread. And after coming from school, they don't affect the elders at home. 
The schools started in Denmark in the first week of September without mask for teachers or children and without distancing. Nothing happened to anybody there. 
A report from Maharashtra in August also said that children below 20 years don't get severe Corona, a very low death rate, and that too in the children having diabetes, heart disease or such major underlying illness.
As such it's true for all others that masks don't make any difference on the coronavirus spread but a study in Germany has found that children have negative psychological effects by wearing mask.
On March 9 this year the minister for children in UK said that children are not forced to wear mask or follow distancing in the school.
On January 28, 2021, a study in USA has again proved that Corona becomes serious only in the children having diabetes heart disease or any such other disease.
A report from Mayo clinic in USA also says the same thing. 
The example of Sweden is very important. They never closed the schools for children, never had masks and distancing. Nothing happened, anything to anybody there. 
"Economist"articles between April and November showed that, when they become adult, their earning capacity will be reduced, especially they will be 30 years of age if they lose so much of school time. (10) And because children felt lonely in the absence of schools, psychological illnesses and even suicide was seen.
Even today we are getting reports from Surat, Vadodara and maybe at many places that they are testing thousands of students without any symptoms, and even if one child has positive report, the whole school is closed. Officials do it without having been instructed on this. So total chaos is going on.
UNICEF has said that closing schools during pandemic was the biggest mistake. There is no relationship between pandemic and schools functioning. 
Experts have confirmed that letting children catch Covid may be safer than giving them vaccine. Allowing children to catch Covid may be better than exposing them to the "risk" of vaccines, a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has said
Prof Robert Dingwall said children may be “better protected by natural immunity generated through infection than by asking them to take the ‘possible’ risk of a vaccine”. 
We are messing up with our children's future. Online education is offered 2 to 3 years old children! This is not sensible. One should not just keep mum.
It is necessary for sensible people to collect together and give memorandum to the government, the collector collectors and other responsible officials and ask them to start schools regularly, looking at all the scientific evidences. Children don't need mask, they don't need distancing. It is our responsibility to see that their present and future are not spoiled.
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*Senior doctor and activist based in Surat

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