The U.S. National Center for Health Statistics (CNES) shows by numbers that the CCP Virus does not pose a major risk to children under 15.

According to official data from the National Center for Health Statistics, so far 36 children under 15 have died from the CCP virus in the United States. That’s really little if you look at the fact that it represents only 0.03 percent of total deaths from the virus. 

Based on this data, children under 17 years of age account for 6.7 percent of cases of CCP Virus infection. 

As an example, and to compare with other diseases, we found that influenza, another contagious respiratory disease, killed about 477 people under 17 in the 2018-2019 season. Also according to the CDC, from 2010 to mid-2019, the flu killed an average of 511 children per year. 

This data comes at a critical time of resolutions regarding what to do with children and adolescents, who should start classes in the coming weeks. 

Adding to the statistics are health professionals who argue that there’s no scientific reason not to start classes in the fall. 

The former head of neurology at Stanford Medical Center, Dr. Scott Atlas, in an interview with Fox News, said the risk to children of contracting the CCP Virus and dying is virtually zero. And he added that rarely could children transmit the virus to adults.

The big fear, Atlas explained, is the risk to teachers. Of course, there are high-risk educators, but 82 percent of K-12 teachers are under 55. Half of them are under 41. In addition, he said, the data shows that children do not significantly transmit the disease to adults.

Teachers in the risk category can use masks and social distance or, if they are really concerned, stay home, Atlas suggested, saying, “There is no reason to lock children up.”

Speaking of children’s health, he said the damage could be just as great if schools remain closed. “The problem here and the most important point of all is that I never heard anyone talk about the damage of closing the schools,” he said. “The damage is against the children. Anyone who puts children first would open the schools.” 

Children are missing out on social interaction with their peers, which is critical to their maturation and learning to solve problems. This is something that cannot be learned from a computer, Atlas said.

A commentary published earlier this month in Pediatrics, a prestigious journal of children’s medicine, concluded that children do not transmit CCP viruses to others as often as adults do. The conclusion was based on four recent studies in Switzerland, China, France, and Australia that examine transmission of the virus among children.

“The data are striking,” said Dr. William V. Raszka Jr. “The key takeaway is that children are not driving the pandemic. After six months, we have a wealth of accumulating data showing that children are less likely to become infected and seem less infectious; it is congregating adults who aren’t following safety protocols who are responsible for driving the upward curve.”

The paper noted that the reopening of many schools in Western Europe and Japan without an increase in community transmission supports the conclusion of the model.

President Trump is pushing all states to reopen school districts in the fall, even saying he could withhold federal education funds from states that do not open their doors.