‘If kids get COVID-19, which they will’

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Republican party claims to be the pro-life and pro-family party and the only force standing between liberals and total anarchy, but they also regularly display their total lack of fucks to give about actual children and their families.

Today's especially heinous example comes to us from Missouri Governor Mike Parson who dialed into local radio in St. Louis for an interview in which he explicitly said that reopening schools will create new outbreaks of the coronavirus.

He also made it clear that he doesn't care.

“These kids have got to get back to school,” Parson told Cox. “They’re at the lowest risk possible. And if they do get COVID-19, which they will — and they will when they go to school — they’re not going to the hospitals. They’re not going to have to sit in doctor’s offices. They’re going to go home and they’re going to get over it.

He emphasized that people who are at high risk of becoming seriously ill should be protected but said most people in the state were smart enough to figure out how to stay safe without government interventions such as mask mandates.

They are "going to go home," as Parson says, and who is at home? Mom and Dad. Grandma and Grandpa. Brothers and sisters.

It's as if Parson believes kids exist in a vacuum with no parents, grandparents, teachers, or other guardians near them who won't just "get over it."

While Parson has been the most explicit, this appears to be a view widely shared by Republican lawmakers who've said we must reopen schools no matter the cost. And the cost is a much wider outbreak and thousands of dead parents and families, but that's just the cost of doing business, isn't it? All will be sacrificed to Mammon Trump's reelection campaign.

There is no collateral damage that Republicans consider to be too great and it should be said that while kids do not die at the same rate as adults, they aren't actually immune and at least some of them will die. The number will be greater than zero.

  • muselet

    Countries like Germany can send kids back to school because they have testing and contact tracing in place—and they’ve knocked the rate of infection down sufficiently—to make it possible. Given the hand-waving indulged in by the sociopaths in Trump administration and free-range sociopaths like Mike Parson toward those things, sending kids to school in (almost all of) the US makes zero sense.

    The data seem—note the emphasis—to indicate school closures have little effect on the spread of Covid-19, but “little” is doing a lot of work in that sentence.

    People like Donald Trump and Mike Parson really act like they want more people to die horrible, lonely deaths.

    Stay home as much as you can, wash your hands, avoid crowds, socially distance, wear a damn’ mask and vote in November as if you life depends on it (it does).


  • Ellen Kuhlmann

    There is also emerging evidence that there are long term effects of the virus for many people, including children. I don’t think exposing them willy nilly is the way to go. On the GOP statements, they are often implying that if you’re meant to live you will, if your immune system fails then its unfortunate, but just one of those things. All the while of course, they are protecting their own families as the rich have the means to do.

  • Draxiar

    They didn’t care when 20 little kids were gunned down in Connecticut. It seems unlikely they would care about thousands dying because of their GOP pigheadedness. #DeathCult.