People Are Getting Sick After Going to ‘Coronavirus Parties’

Amanda Arnold:

Walla Walla County health officials are receiving reports of COVID-19 parties occurring in our community, where non-infected people mingle with an infected person in an effort to catch the virus

My parents did this to me with chicken pox when I was a kid in the 80s. It’s worth noting that I grew up in a VERY rural part of southeast Texas where people were about 20 years behind civilized society, a fact that I paid for in myriad ways. At least I didn’t die?

Nearly Half of Men Say They Do Most of the Home Schooling. 3 Percent of Women Agree. – The New York Times

Claire Cain Miller:

A survey suggests that pandemic-era domestic work isn’t being divided more equitably than before the lockdown.

Typical male privilege bullshit. “I lifted a finger so CLEARLY I’ve done 99% of the work and deserve all the credit.” I’m not surprised that men are behaving the same way that they did in the before times. No one is forcing them to be better.

15 Children Are Hospitalized With Mysterious Illness Possibly Tied to Covid-19 – The New York Times

Joseph Goldstein:

Many of the children, ages 2 to 15, have shown symptoms associated with toxic shock or Kawasaki disease, a rare illness in children that involves inflammation of the blood vessels, including coronary arteries, the city’s health department said.

"It doesn’t affect the young" was always a nonsense argument. Now it’s utterly asinine.

Flattening the Truth on Coronavirus – The New York Times

Dave Eggers:

P: When did you say this would all end again?

A: Eighteen months. That said, the soonest we’ve ever come up with a vaccine was four years.

P: But everyone’s talking about reopening stores and everything now. How does that square with 18 months?

A: That’s easy. People will die.

P: Wait. What?

A: Oh sure. So many more. Oceans of people. Even just 1,500 a day for eighteen months means 800,000 in the U.S. alone will die from this virus. That’s what the Minnesota scientist says. Osterholm. He’s one of the foremost experts in the world. He’s been right every step of the way so far.

This is hilarious and sad and terrifying all at once. It’s like someone typed out all of the confusion in my head. Especially the part about patronizing local restaurants and businesses.

With Schools Shut by Coronavirus, Remote Learning Strains Parents – The New York Times

Elizabeth A. Harris:

“She gets frustrated every time we start,” one mother emailed her last week, “and then I get irritated and she gets irritated and it usually ends in me saying we should take a break and then the cycle repeats. One or both of us typically ends up in tears by the time it’s all said and done and no work is completed.”

Yup. This is what my days look like when I try to teach our kids. Not all of them, but most of them.

This article was supposed to make me feel better, I think, but now I just can’t stop thinking about the possibility that our kids will fall behind.

This will be tonight’s insomnia internal monologue.