Schools Vs House Parties


This morning/afternoon.

A report by the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) – based on ‘international evidence gathered by researchers’ – shows that while the rona spreads easiest indoors, schools are not a ‘major source’ of infection as they are ‘supervised’ settings.

Via Irish Examiner:

The report singled out drinking and dining indoors, shouting or singing, and prolonged face-face conversation in crowded poorly ventilated settings as factors increasing the spread of coronavirus.

“Consistent evidence” that the virus does not spread as easily outdoors was cited in the report however clusters from outdoor settings were noted.

The report also emphasised the distinction between controlled and uncontrolled environments when communicating Covid-19 risk to the public.

It said a house party was “unsupervised” while schools were “supervised“. The report said this environment impacts a person’s awareness of public health measures.

Schools in Ireland according to the data gathered in the report have not been a major source of Covid-19 infections….


Covid-19 spreads easiest indoors but schools not major source, says Hiqa (Irish Examiner)



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14 thoughts on “Schools Vs House Parties

  1. Kim the Cardassian

    These studies on schools are not being carried out in Ireland where kids are in more densely populated classrooms.

    Unless mandatory Irish is scaring the ‘rona away

  2. Kevin Quinn

    How would they know how easily or otherwise the ‘rona is spreading in schools when they are using very different testing and tracing criteria and protocols in schools than for other settings?

    Everyone has figured out by now that keeping the schools open is a political imperative — the parents will go absolutely nuts if they have to thole another lockdown with their kids at home. We all accept this. We all know that, for example, playing golf or five-a-side soccer, or tennis, or socially-distant shopping in Pennys, poses FAR less risk of spreading the virus than keeping the schools open, so if we were going purely by scientific evidence the schools would be shut and the shops would be open.

    So what’s happening is a sacrifice by some citizens for the sake of others whose need is greater — that’s how society works and most of us have no problem with it.

    What is annoying is that Nphet and the Government won’t acknowledge this, and that instead they continually attempt to ‘prove’ with selective evidence that this sacrifice is not actually happening. Instead of a simple ‘Thank You’, they insult our intelligence.

    And that’s not how you build public consensus and compliance in the weeks and months ahead before we get the vaccine…

    1. scottser

      Couldn’t agree more. There’s a lot of evidence that seems to suit an existing narrative rather than anything new being learned. We are being treated like mugs, that’s for sure.

      1. benblack

        Another observation.

        Sites like,, which support comments with a thumbs-up option, obviously show a bias toward the first comment posted on a particular article. Unless that initial comment is completely off-the-wall, the likelihood of that comment receiving the most ‘thumbs-up’ is extremely high.

        It’s fairly disturbing to observe, but is demonstrative of how easy it is to control the narrative.

        And, unfortunately, reveals a weakness in basic human rationality – which is easily exploited.

        I never cared for computer simulation games where the objective was total rule and domination, however, there are many who care very much about these things.

      1. Brother Barnabas

        “A prejudice lingers from the days of schoolmarmish rhetoric that a sentence should never begin with and. The supposed rule is without foundation in grammar, logic, or art.”

        Modern American Usage (1966)

        even god himself started sentences with conjunctions: “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”

  3. johnny

    just now-the city is now closed,until further notice,this is absolutely devastating,thanksgiving next week,while new york burns its most famous son attempts a half assed coup…
    “New York City has reached the 3% testing positivity 7-day average threshold. Unfortunately, this means public school buildings will be closed as of tomorrow, Thursday Nov. 19, out an abundance of caution.”
    de Blasio.

  4. SOQ

    The one thing missing is that children are much less likely to catch SARS-Cov-1 or at least are unlikely to become sick from it. There is also very little evidence of children passing it onto adults but this is deliberately ignored by those trying to keep the fear going.

    It is by and large, an old persons illness.

    1. f_lawless

      Did you hear this yet? A doctor who doesn’t mince his words!

      “This is glorious. Dr. Roger Hodkinson, ex-Chairman of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Examination Committee in General Pathology in Ottawa, former Assistant Professor and now the CEO of a biotech company that manufactures Covid tests, tells Government officials in Alberta (on the Community and Public Services Committee) that the current coronavirus crisis is “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public”. These remarks were secretly recorded by one of the people present and uploaded to YouTub (link)e, but in case they’re taken down they’ve also been uploaded to BitChute(link). “

      1. f_lawless


        “Masks are utterly useless. There is no evidence base for their effectiveness whatsoever. Paper masks and fabric masks are simply virtue signalling. They’re not even worn effectively most of the time. It’s utterly ridiculous. Seeing these unfortunate, uneducated people – I’m not saying that in a pejorative sense – seeing these people walking around like lemmings obeying without any knowledge base to put the mask on their face.”

      2. E'Matty

        A very interesting recording with another actual expert supporting the viewpoint expressed by many here i.e. the threat from this virus has been grossly exaggerated and is being driven by poiticians and media rather than scientific evidence, resulting in mass hysteria and untold damage to our societies.

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