How much do young people need to suffer two years after the pandemic?


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In 2022, we will celebrate the second anniversary of the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s very shocking to me. I was 16 when I started this, but now I’m old enough to vote.

Despite this time gap, we feel like we are not making progress. A new variant arrived and we young people were told that we couldn’t go back to school, had to go to online learning, and had to wear a mask. At the beginning of the pandemic, all of these requirements seemed perfectly reasonable. At that time, we lacked data, cures and vaccines. There was only ambiguity around COVID-19. Two years later, we now know more about viruses.

Most notable to young people is that they are unaffected by COVID and major infection vectors. According to a December 2021 study by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention on COVID transmission in K-12 schools, teachers are more likely to be transmitted from student to teacher, teacher to student, or student to student than to other teachers. It turned out that there is a high possibility of virus infection. student.

In addition, there are about 700 COVID deaths between the ages of 0 and 17 in the United States, with about 7 million people in that age group having the disease, with an estimated death rate of about 1 in 10,000. (This is not taken into account). For people of that age group who had health problems in the first place. )

Earlier this year, there are 70 percent effective vaccines to prevent hospitalization for Omicron, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. There are Pfizer antivirals that are 89% effective in preventing hospitalization if taken within 3 days of the onset of symptoms. Finally, according to an analysis by Imperial College London, Omicron is 20% deadly of the delta type, slightly more deadly than seasonal flu.

With all this in mind, what can we do? And why hurt young Canadians more than we already have?

According to Statistics Canada, young people are at increased risk of mental health deterioration during a pandemic compared to other age groups, but the Canadian Mental Health Commission reports that the cataclysms caused by the crisis have caused them to change. “Many are left behind in education, financial opportunities, health, and well-being at key stages of their development.”

In July 2021, a Sick Kids study found that the majority of children and adolescents reported deterioration in mental health during the first COVID-19 lockdown, with 70% of 520 adolescents from February to March 2021. In the second wave up to, we reported the symptoms of clinical depression. Researchers have also found that the more time students spend learning online, the more symptoms of depression and anxiety they experience.

When it comes to online learning, I’ve seen first-hand how useless it is for children of my age, and if it does, it’s almost useless. It’s rampant cheating, misuse of calculators that give you answers and steps to show your work, students who don’t really hold information, and suicide as seen by two of my friends. It even leads to trends.

Young people have been fooled by making friends in music programs, travel, sports and school activities, the staple food of young people. This may have been understood when there were few or no data or solutions, but certainly not when there are data, treatments and vaccines that can help significantly reduce the number of deaths from COVID. There is none.

You can’t prevent the spread of Omicron, but you don’t have to. We have a way to ensure that as few people as possible die. If your data no longer supports it, don’t hurt the youth. Blockades, online schools, and preventing young people from living their normal lives no longer help anyone, but in fact only hurt them.

Young people gave up some of the best years of life so that they had time to find vaccines, develop treatments, and accumulate sufficient data. Stop being selfish and continue to take away your time as a child, teenager, and young adult.

There is still little that can be done, so let’s coexist with COVID and let young people enjoy themselves.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

Mark Heinrich

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Mark Heinrichs is a freshman in the Faculty of Engineering in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.