Covid & Kids Video:
Mayor Brian Campbell
Interviews Dr. Robert
Our own Brian Campbell has just released an informative
video interview with nationally-known Santa Monica
The interview uploaded on video platforms and on my own public service
blog goes in-depth on the issues surrounding reopening in-person
schooling for underaged children.
Among several questions Dr.
Hamilton addressed in this interview was a query regarding what
medical experts and epidemiolgoist have learned in the past year
regarding Covid's effects on grade school age children.
Hamilton echoed the scientific
consensus that underaged
children were the age group least
affected by the extreme effects of
"There's a push across the country to fully reopen schools and this has the backing of many
pediatricians who say kids need to be back in school and by now the data shows children
are not major spreaders of the coronavirus." Hamilton stated during the interview.
Hamilton also responded to Brian's questions about
children being allowed back into public spaces by
stating the importance of mental and physical health
benefits of allowing children to socialize more
normally and the desirability of allowing kids to play
Hamilton's assertion is in line with similar calls from other
medical experts such as Pediatricians like Dr.
Warren Seigel, chairman of the New
York State American Academy of
Pediatrics who agrees that scientific
evidence shows that children in school
are at no higher risk of being fatally
affected by COVID.
The shelter-in-place restrictions from the Covid pandemic and the resulting isolation for
students is regarded as a public health threat which in some cases can lead to mental
health problems including a rise in childhood depression and suicide attempts.
Hamilton was one of several
speakers at a taped press
conference held by America's
Frontline Doctors in front of the
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