We had a big dust-up on the university discussion board today. I’ve put up with so much COVID panic-mongering but there’s a limit to what I can take. The local authorities have decided to reopen the schools in the Fall. (Obviously, giving the nervous parents the option to choose eLearning.) We’ve had very few deaths in the county, with 59 out of 71 being in nursing homes. No kids have been sick. The deaths have ended weeks ago.
But people started agitating to push the school authorities not to reopen because… life is scaaaaary.
So I had to mention that there is no evidence that kids are a big factor in transmission. The reaction was like I’d announced that I was voting for Trump. OK, not that bad. But pretty close. Not a single person supported me. I’m hoping they are either scared or indifferent to public debate. But I wonder, what if they believe it? What if everybody honestly believes that schools need to be closed until September 2021?
That’s what is really scary.