GREENSBORO – Our relationship with risk seems to have fundamentally changed due to the advent of Pandemic Panic. With cases rising, then, the paranoia is elevating right along side it. Proving the point is Guilford County Public Schools’ decision shutdown in-person instruction for a full week after Thanksgiving over fears of spreading coronavirus.
“Guilford County Schools will move to remote learning for all students for the week after Thanksgiving.
The school system released the following information on Wednesday afternoon:
In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 following the Thanksgiving holiday, GCS will return to remote learning for all students between Nov. 30 and Dec. 4. Most employees will work from home during that time. […]”
So, despite the ‘Science and Data’ being clear that school aged children are not at any significant risk (risk of contracting the virus, risk of transmitting the virus); and, the despite the known downsides of not letting kids come to school; the mere fact that the Thanksgiving holiday may have families engaging in the 2020 taboo of having a meal together is enough for them to shut it down for a full week.
How many times is this panicky reaction going to occur, if this is how our new relationship with (extremely low) risk works? It stands to reason that Guilford County will also shutdown for a week after the Christmas holiday.
Will the Pandemic Panic extend into the spring, making family gatherings on Easter another reason to shutdown?
New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio just shutdown schools for millions of kids in the Big Apple, the largest school district in the country, due to a test positivity rate of…3 percent!
Where does this end, exactly?