Schools open, teachers die

More evidence the Covid-19 crisis is mismanaged?

Earlier this week, this blog picked up a story of a South Carolina teacher who died just 3 days after first displaying Covid-19 symptoms. (Read that posting here.)

Then, a couple days later, Newsweek reported that “six teachers in Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and South Carolina have died of COVID-19 since the start of the fall semester.” Read that story here.

The Trump administrative and Republican governors have pushed to reopen schools so parents can return to work, which is essential for reopening the economy, which Trump thinks is essential for his re-election.

Experts have debated reopening schools. Some said it could be done safely, if done right, but there’s growing evidence they’re either wrong or it’s not being done right. Funding to help schools reopen is being help up by Republican instrasigence on more Covid-19 relief.

Meanwhile, across the country, teacher unions have opposed reopening schools, some have threatened to strike, and a swelling number of teachers are choosing to quit or retire rather than risk their health. Read those stories here and here. In some places, schools that reopened have experienced outbreaks and been forced to close. Story about that here.

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  1. Mark Adams #

    School is open in Denmark, Germany, Sweden well most of Europe and has been since before July.

  2. Roger Rabbit #

    Those countries are managing Covid-19 better than we are, in case you haven’t noticed.

  3. Republicans deny truth amid facts #

    Children can be carriers of Covid-19 and be asymptomatic and yet pass the virus on to other students and teachers.

    “France Covid 19 cases are surging, as are parts of Eastern Europe, and cases are ticking up in Germany, Greece, Italy and Belgium, too, but in the past week, Spain has recorded the most new cases on the continent by far — more than 53,000. With 114 new infections per 100,000 people in that time, the virus is spreading faster in Spain than in the United States, more than twice as fast as in France, about eight times the rate in Italy and Britain, and 10 times the pace in Germany.”
    Spain was already one of the hardest-hit countries in Europe, and now has about 440,000 cases and more than 29,000 deaths. has contributed to the epidemic’s resurgence.” – New York Times

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