What does the Biden administration know about COVID-19 that has eluded BC health officials?


Earlier this week, the Safe Schools Coalition BC issued an urgent call to reintroduce mask requirements in K-12 schools as Spring Break comes to an end.

“The Omicron BA.2 variant is leading to a rise in cases and hospitalizations in Europe, Hong Kong, South Korea and China, with some experts warning that it is close to measles in terms of transmissibility and continuing to warn of serious consequences, itself in young, healthy people,” emphasized the coalition in an open letter.

The letter also noted that subvariant BA.2 has already outperformed the original Omicron strain, according to the BC Center for Disease Control. In addition, a new sub-variant named BA.2.2 is of concern.

Many parents are unaware that BC public health officials have not always been on the same page as the Biden administration and the World Health Organization in their beliefs about COVID-19 transmission.

Below are some quotes that illustrate this.


“The most common way COVID-19 is transmitted from one person to another is through tiny airborne particles of the virus that hang in the air for minutes or hours after an infected person has been there.”

– dr Alondra Nelson, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Deputy Assistant to the President (March 23, 2022)

“What I can tell you after tracking over 70,000 cases is close contact to contract COVID-19. So it doesn’t spread over long distances. It’s not like measles where we’ve had situations where a case of measles could walk through an airport and an hour later someone else will walk through the same airspace and get measles.”

– dr Patricia Daly, Chief Medical Health Officer and Vice President of Public Health at Vancouver Coastal Health (February 2022)

“The virus can also spread in poorly ventilated and/or crowded indoor spaces where people tend to spend long periods of time. This is because aerosols can become airborne or spread further than the talk distance (this is often referred to as a long-range aerosol or long-distance airborne transmission).”

— World Health Organization (December 2021)

“COVID-19 is a droplet-borne organism. However, there are some processes that can cause the droplets to disperse as fine aerosols.”

— Vancouver Island Health Authority (March 2022)

air filtration

“In fact, research shows that the air in a room is exchanged several times an hour with filtered or clean outside air — using a window fan, higher MERV filters in a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, portable air cleaning devices, and even just opening a window — can reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission — with studies showing five air changes per hour reduce the risk of transmission by 50 percent.”

– dr Alondra Nelson, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Deputy Assistant to the President (March 23, 2022)

“While there are various strategies to avoid breathing this air – from remote work to masking – we can and should talk more about how we can make indoor spaces safer by filtering or cleaning air.”

– dr Alondra Nelson, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Deputy Assistant to the President (March 23, 2022)

“Like most common respiratory viruses, COVID-19 spreads primarily by short-range droplet transmission. Most commonly, students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 acquire the virus through close contact with a case at home or through their social networks. Unfortunately, changes in school ventilation are unlikely to prevent transmissions at home and on social media. School transmission accounts for about 1% of COVID-19 cases.”

— Vancouver Coastal Health (January 10, 2022)

“In the current study [of more than 1.1 million students and more than 157,000 staff]… about 10% of cases were acquired at school.”

—National Institutes of Health (March 10, 2022)

Mask requirement in schools

“This means masks will no longer be required in all settings in schools once children and staff return from spring break… These decisions are based on science and data on what is happening in our communities where we are right now.” “

-DR. Bonnie Henry, BC Provincial Health Officer (March 10, 2022)

“According to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, schools with mandatory masking had approximately 72% fewer cases of school transmission of SARS-CoV-2 during the Delta Rise compared to schools with optional or partial masking policies. The study included more than 1.1 million students and over 157,000 staff attending classroom schools in nine states: North Carolina, Wisconsin, Missouri, California, Washington, Georgia, Tennessee, Kansas and Texas.

—National Institutes of Health (March 10, 2022)



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