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1 in 4, Maybe More

Susan Estrich on

Last week, children across the nation went back to school. That was the good news. The bad news was that COVID-19 went back to school with them.

Official reports found that 1 in 4 cases were among children. Unofficial reports suggest that the numbers may be even higher.

And who is infecting these children?

Their parents.

How unbelievably, shockingly stupid can people be?

It's one thing to risk your own life. It's a stupid thing, when half the drugstores in America are offering vaccinations free of charge. But it's your life to risk.

 

But to risk a child's life, for no reason at all, is simply criminal. It is abuse, plain and simple, masquerading as autonomy.

So long as children under 12 cannot be vaccinated, their health and safety depend on the adults in their lives behaving responsibly -- getting vaccinated, wearing masks, taking precautions.

In 10 states, across the Deep South and then jumping to Idaho, intensive care unit beds are full, and hospitals have been closing operating rooms to make way for more ICU beds. The military is sending medics to assist in the hardest hit states.

Former President Donald Trump carried nine of those states. Operation Warp Speed, the government program that spurred development of the vaccine, was a Trump initiative. And yet it is Republicans who have been leading the fights around the country over mask mandates, and especially mask mandates in schools.

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