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P2 Facts are Sacred

1. Casting young people as irresponsible spreaders of coronavirus is “misleading” as research shows they just as compliant as older people, scientists have said. – The Independent (Blame)

2. Covid-19 Cases – September 2020 – CSO15 – 24: 2,00825 – 44: 2,82045-64: 1,976 (Figures/stats)

3. People aged 18-34 have the highest rates of those who are nervous, downhearted, depressed and lonely due to the virus. – CSO (Pandemic repercussions)

4. Yellow Vest Ireland – Up to 2,000 people marched through Dublin City Centre in protest at the wearing of face masks – Video evidence shows no sight of young people apart from children walking with parents or babies in strollers. (Anti-mask)

5. “Evidence suggests that spikes in cases in some countries are being driven in part by younger people letting down their guard during the northern hemisphere summer,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. (Breaking restrictions)

6. Blaming individuals or specific groups is likely to be counterproductive in the battle to win support and trust for new restrictions. – Stephen Reicher, Social Psychologist, The Guardian (Blame)

7. Stigma is associated with a lack of knowledge about how COVID-19 spreads, a need to blame someone, fears about disease and death, and gossip that spreads rumors and myths. – (Blame)

8. A 25-year-old who contracts this disease is approximately 250 times less likely to die than an infected 85-year-old, according to the most sophisticated estimates of infection-fatality rates. – The Atlantic (Health aspect)

9. Officials said that young people have been social distancing less often and have more contacts – Euronews (Blame? Breaking restrictions?)

10. Government-backed study reveals under a third of those aged 17-20 hold a driving licence, down from nearly half in the early 1990s – Department of Transport, Oxford and Bristol Universities (meaning young people have to use public transport) (Schools/Public Transport)

11. The overall minimum cost of learning to drive and getting a 10 year driving licence is typically around 690 euro. This does not include any extra lessons outside of the 12-hour mandatory lessons or any extra insurance premiums which would be needed if you were to drive your own car or a family car. – (Schools/Public transport)

12. Children were about half as likely to catch coronavirus as adults and therefore less likely to pass it on, a review of global studies by University College London (UCL) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine suggested. (Schools/Public Transport)

13. 132 people aged 15-24 died of the virus (USA – (Health)

14. Researchers in China found that the most common symptoms among people who were hospitalized with COVID-19 include: –

  • Fever: 99%
  • Fatigue:70%
  • A dry cough: 59%
  • Loss of appetite: 40%
  • Body aches: 35%
  • Shortness of breath: 31%
  • Mucus or phlegm: 27% (Health)

15. School outbreaks have not been a prominent feature in the COVID-19 pandemic, mostly due to the fact that the majority of children do not develop symptoms when infected with the virus, or develop a very mild form of the disease. – (Schools)

16. Specific measures to observe in school settings are increased physical distancing, improved ventilation, regular hand-washing, and the use of masks when feasible. – (Schools)

17. Low proportions of antibodies found in children’s blood can be an indication that they are less susceptible to severe infection than adults, and therefore play a less significant role in the spread of the virus. – (schools?)

18. When schools close for extended periods, children and young people are deprived of opportunities for growth and development. These disadvantages are disproportionate for under-privileged learners who tend to have fewer educational opportunities outside of school. (Schools)

19. Doctors have seen a slew of coronavirus patients in their 30s and 40s suffering from sudden strokes, a condition that is most often seen in senior citizens (the median age for a severe stroke is 74). – (Health)


People at high risk from coronavirus include people who:

  • have had an organ transplant
  • are having chemotherapy or antibody treatment for cancer, including immunotherapy (Health)

Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization now recommend cloth masks for the general public –

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