For months, there has been an avalanche of evidence that children under the age of 19 are at statistically zero risk of becoming critically ill or dying from COVID-19. In Maryland alone, the case fatality rate for school-age youth is less than .02%. Children neither catch it nor spread it with any sort of severity. Virtually all transmission of COVID-19 with children occurs in the home and from an adult to the child. Yet, the unelected Charles County Health Officer continues to make our kids the victims of mitigation strategies.
The Charles County Health Department and the Board of Commissioners should be doing everything in their power to maintain youth educational and physical activities, not continue to penalize the least affected population. We hope that they will act accordingly and reverse their decisions to hinder sports activities for youth by means of masking and draconian quarantine policies.