Something that is deeply troubling me about our return to school is how while our Government frequently remind us they are "following the science", some of their recent statements seem in complete contradiction to any science. Coronavirus: Little evidence of Covid transmission in schools, says Williamson https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53718066 Ok, this is where I seem to struggle. While I agree we do not have a lot of data about school outbreaks, there is some and from this evidence I think I can conclude there must certainly is Covid Transmission within schools. 1. In June there was a 70% increase in school outbreak when there was only Y10 and Y12 in schools https://schoolsweek.co.uk/suspected-covid-19-outbreaks-in-schools-rise-by-70/ From this there were 12 confirmed as school outbreaks due to C-19. Not loads but I would argue there is good evidence that school outbreaks are very possible. Also, this is from our own country when as few as 20% of the school population was in school, remember we are going back 100%. 2. Isreal got 100% of pupils back to school in late May and within days had infections reported at a Jerusalem High School https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/04/world/middleeast/coronavirus-israel-schools-reopen.html This school it is believed was the largest school outbreak we have had to date which them went into many homes and causes cases to increase significantly. When they opened schools they had just 10 new cases, today we had over 1000 (yes the countries are different sizes but we cannot say the virus has gone when there is 1000 cases per day). 3. Georgia, US has recently opened to 100% of students this month (August 2020) and within a week has had to move to online instruction. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-new...georgia-school-captured-viral-images-n1236249 Here is a photo a student took who got suspended. Won't at least some schools in England look like this from September? It is unclear whether just this school or the whole state when online but still some great evidence of school outbreaks. From what I have read, in many states it is up to districts how they open and close etc so harder to achieve a unified approach, which many say contributed to such high cases in the US. 4. France had 70 cases when schools reopened in May https://www.independent.co.uk/news/...ce-school-cases-reopen-lockdown-a9520386.html There is some evidence this may not have been a specific school outbreak but at best I would say having schools open would have helped the spread of the virus. 5. Sweden has even warned the UK of the damage of opening and then shutting our schools. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2...ening-and-closing-schools-would-be-disastrous There is no evidence that anti-bodies remain in your system for a considerable amount of time, could be as little as 3 months or could be 2 years. Therefore Herd Immunity is a terrible ideal and why many in Sweden feel there was an excess loss of life due to their lack of lockdown. So what would be better? In my opinion we need three things for a better change of avoiding multiple outbreaks - A fully national operational Track and Track (where is this "world beating system"???) - Students in 50% of the time "one week in, one week off" as proposed by a Union: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/edu...pread-testing-schools-reopening-a4520486.html - Students and Staff wearing masks How are Politicians not challenged on this idea of teenagers do not spread C-19?? I think that when we go back in September that there will be outbreaks and I worry that specifically older and/or clinically vulnerable staff will lose their lives and I am so scared about this. We have the opportunity to have a plan that is safe and works but instead Boris Johnson is off on holiday for 2 weeks having a chill while the our cases climb again and up to 90 people are dying per day at the moment. We have no plan B and when this fails we are going to be expected to magic up a new plan with almost no time to do so. Am I other only one who thing we are in a new dystopian world where the truth no longer matters??