Many people had no choice but to work or be in contact with others outside their home during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in their areas. Many were exposed. Many were infected. Most survived, but many still have lingering health problems as a result of infection.
The longer there is no available vaccine, the higher the chances that you will be infected. Since it isn’t a flu, but it spreads much like the flu, you can imagine what this means already. Along with the usual worries of illness, when you return to work and/or send your kids back to school, your chances of infection grow exponentially.
Add to this the fact that similar to the flu, it can return some time after you recover. It has already mutated. They don’t yet know (as of July 2020) whether or not, like chickenpox or herpes, it can lay dormant for a time and re-emerge. So Covid-19 may be here to stay even with a vaccine. As I’ve said many times, pandemics are a normal part of life. Fighting them helps us to evolve as a species.
Some anti maskers, anti vaxers, and purposeful spreaders in the “white” nationalist communities are banking on the supposed greater ability of people from northern regions to handle a higher parasite load. They write off the death and injury of Europeans as “not making the cut”. They consider the death and injury of non Europeans and even some they consider “lesser brothers” irrelevant.
The reason this bears mentioning is that when your children return to school, you need to be aware that whatever proportion of people voted in “conservatives” who spread the “herd immunity” without a vaccine disinformation will be sending their children to school with yours. They will not have raised them with care and consideration for others. They will not have raised them taking intelligence, resourcefulness, and cooperation into account when discussing ideas of “strength” and “fitness”.
In addition, school staff may be harboring anti science beliefs and politicizing the virus. So it is important that you make sure the school is following CDC or your local and national guidelines for PPE and hygiene. If they are not then it is an unsafe environment. Since the problem with enacting the policies is usually funding, you may need to contact your local government to pressure them to do the right thing.
If you are in a marginalized community, you will already have included racists, ableists, and various other kinds of bigots in the “not safe people” list. If you are not in a marginalized community, you will need to have that talk with your kids to decrease their chances of contracting or spreading a virus. You will also need to add generally inconsiderate people to the list.
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