COVID-19, Day 116

The debate over sending kids back to school continues. Trump is demanding schools reopen in the fall even though the US just hit 3 million cases (a mere 28 days after reaching 2 million cases).

He’s threatening to remove federal funding for schools that don’t. How that actually works is anyone’s guess, but he’s made stupid and dangerous threats in the past and managed to follow through with them, so I can’t doubt the likelihood that this will be a thing that happens.

I watched an interview featuring Noel Candelaria, the head of the Texas State Teacher’s Association, and Eliot Haspel, the author of a book on America’s childcare crisis. The two sides were basically, “We need so reopen cautiously in areas where it’s viable, and we need to provide appropriate PPE and cleaning and staff and backup teachers in case anyone gets sick,” vs. “Yeah, those criteria are not realistic.”

This Twitter thread by a teacher asks a lot of questions that no one in the Trump regime seems to have thought of, which means they don’t have any answers. This tweet in particular is one that I’ve been asking myself a lot lately:

Meanwhile, a summer camp in southern Missouri reopened and now dozens of staff and kids are sick. Kids: the people who magically don’t get sick and don’t transmit the virus. That’s what Trump claims, anyway. Let’s go to the fact check:

It’s true kids get sick less often than adults and tend to be less ill when they do get sick. But [Trump’s] statements overlook severe COVID-19 illnesses and deaths of children. And they gloss over the fact that kids can spread disease without showing symptoms themselves.

To be clear: to Trump, kids are now “acceptable losses” to keep the economy open. I refuse to let my kids end up in a spreadsheet of “acceptable losses.”

Nicolle Wallace summed up my feelings pretty succinctly: “I, for one, am not leaving [Trump] in charge of whether my kid goes back to school.”

COVID-19, Day 115

Our city passed an ordinance requiring masks in public places and the response has been 100% predictable and 100% depressing.