"Schädlich und unverhältnismäßig": Bayerische Eltern wehren sich gegen Massentests in Schulen

10 Oct. 2021 21:31 Uhr

In Bavaria, a parents’ initiative is calling for the student tests for the corona virus to be stopped immediately. Almost 4,000 mothers and fathers have signed your open letter. Meanwhile, Thuringia has suspended the mass tests of children. Only 0.015 percent recently turned out to be positive.

Many epidemiologists and doctors now agree: Children almost never get seriously ill with COVID-19 and play a subordinate role in the infection process. Nevertheless, almost no group in Germany is tested as often as she. In Bavaria, too, elementary and special school pupils have to undergo the procedure twice a week in order to be able to take part in lessons. The “Parents Committee” initiative is resisting it. In an open letter to the politically responsible, she explains, in cooperation with a lawyer, why the state government, according to its legal opinion, is endangering the physical and psychological well-being of the child with the PCR pool tests prescribed in Bavaria. In addition, there have already been a few breakdowns. Almost 4,000 parents from Bavaria signed the letter.

No security data, no specialist staff

According to this, the elementary and special school students in the Free State are given so-called “Lolli tests” twice a week. To do this, they would each have to suck on swabs for half a minute. Up to 25 children would be combined in one pool. The samples would be examined as an overall sample “in one of ten contracted laboratories using the non-standardized real-time PCR method for genome segments of SARS-CoV-2,” writes the initiative in the letter. The individual samples would only be examined in the case of a positive pool sample. The entire group would then have to be quarantined.

The pool tests, it is said, take place as part of a research project at the Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) in Munich. The quality of the process should first examine it within a year, so it is not given, it is an attempt. The signatories complain that the swabs for sampling came from the Chinese manufacturer JINAN BABIO BIOTECHNOLOGY and would be delivered without instructions for use and safety data sheet.

According to a package insert supplied by Munich-based MedPath GmbH, the “Lollitests” must also be used by medical staff. However, the teaching staff cannot offer the hygienic environment and professional competence in the schools. In addition, there are no standardized evaluation procedures in the laboratories.

Test breakdowns and feared data abuse

The initiative also reports on several breakdowns that have already occurred. For example, there was once a positive pool test, but the later individual tests all turned out negative. Another time, incorrectly taped test tubes would have led to unusable results. In addition, the initiative complains about the fear of positive tests, herd pressure and marginalization of children whose parents do not want them to undergo this procedure again and again. It has also happened that “sucking” made children sick.

The initiative describes the practice as a “completely disproportionate invasive medical measure”, which should certainly not be carried out by laypeople, let alone the children themselves. Quarantine measures based on this are illegal because of the poor quality. The parents also fear misuse or confusion of the data through the pool application.

“In view of these blatant legal violations, we demand an immediate stop of the PCR pool tests ordered by the Bavarian government at our primary schools,” said the signatories. It is also medically nonsensical to regularly test healthy children without symptoms. The German Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases (DGPI) also see it this way. “We expect a classic weighing of interests between the serious interventions in the health of our children and the consequences – without alarmism,” the initiative concluded.

94 percent false positives: Thuringia suspended rapid tests in schools

The Bavarian government argues that no student will be forced to take part in the pool tests. Alternatively, parents can test their children at home with rapid tests. How little meaningful and effective these are, however, is shown in Thuringia. There, the state government lifted all test requirements and the mask requirement for children in schools around three weeks ago, which was a unique process nationwide.

As the Thuringian General As reported at the end of September, Thuringian schools carried out almost 772,500 tests on children and teachers in the first two weeks of this school year alone. At an estimated ten euros per test, the total expenditure for this would be around eight million euros.

Only 2,029 positive results were filtered out, i.e. 0.26 percent. But the majority of them, namely a good 94 percent, were obviously also false-positive. Because loud MDR Only 113 people – 94 schoolchildren and 19 teachers – turned out to be actually positive when retesting with the PCR method, i.e. 0.015 percent of those tested.

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