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French virus surge threatens nationwide back-to-school plan

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The more this plays out, the more we see the Swedish approach was the most sensible.

But the media are collectively clamouring for continued lockdown and restrictions --- this looks a lot more like a political agenda than anything health related.

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The more this plays out, the more we see the Swedish approach was the most sensible.

But the media are collectively clamouring for continued lockdown and restrictions --- this looks a lot more like a political agenda than anything health related.

Zaphod, do you have any school aged kids? It's real easy to be a computer warrior when you don't have to worry about your 6yo with no clue about the dangers of germs and diseases bringing Covid-19 home from school with him and infecting his mom and dad. My wife has a serious and hopefully solvable medical condition but depending on what the doctors find it might require surgery. I am on the old side (our 6yo was a very late life surprise) so both of us would become very sick. I am not sure my dear wife would survive. Then what? Some of you need to take a couple of deep breaths and think your ideas through a little more before typing nonsense. Not all of us want our kids in a classroom yet. Nothing political about that. We know the risks and we are emphatically not willing to subject ourselves to them. Trying to handle teleworking and distance learning is hard work. We take both seriously. But if we are both in an ICU what happens to our boy? Quit being so hard headed and think!

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Zaphod, do you have any school aged kids? It's real easy to be a computer warrior when you don't have to worry about your 6yo with no clue about the dangers of germs and diseases bringing Covid-19 home from school with him and infecting his mom and dad. My wife has a serious and hopefully solvable medical condition but depending on what the doctors find it might require surgery. 

That is a tricky situation, but it using it as a basis for demanding that the entire population keep their kids locked in indefinitely is a step too far. You should find some personal solution and not make all kids, including yours, suffer open-endedly.

Start with consulting your doctor about your personal situation. By the way, it is not clear that asymptomatic people are infectuous at all. That was an early assumption, bit it seems to be losing ground. It looks more like most kids deal with the virus load just fine without endangering anyone else. The countries where schools are open do not seem to be having problems.

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But the media are collectively clamouring for continued lockdown and restrictions

Perhaps, but if they are, I suspect it's in response to public feelings. If we want to be cynical, we would say the media follow the money more than the politics.

On the other hand, I also wonder whether Sweden took the right approach. But the good thing is that Sweden's health professionals also share doubts and concerns. They didn't make their decisions lightly, and seem quite open about the possibility they may have got it wrong. Ignorance is a motivator if you admit to it. Let's just hope that at the end of the day, we will learn something that we can use the next time.

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By the way, it is not clear that asymptomatic people are infectuous at all. That was an early assumption, bit it seems to be losing ground. It looks more like most kids deal with the virus load just fine without endangering anyone else. The countries where schools are open do not seem to be having problems.

The kid brings everything else home and makes us sick. Why would this one virus be different? If one kid in his class has something we all end up with it. Every time. Based on first hand experience I am not believing this tripe that kids don't bring it home or they somehow magically don't get sick. That is wishful thinking. From years of experience with day care and transitional kindergarten we know better.

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The kid brings everything else home and makes us sick.

That is sad, but it really looks like you should take care of your own health, instead demanding that everybody else get locked in and deprived of school. Have you been looking at good nutrition, exercise, enough Vitamin D, and Zinc supplements?

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Perhaps, but if they are, I suspect it's in response to public feelings. If we want to be cynical, we would say the media follow the money more than the politics.

I agree that they follow the money. I don't think the media responds to public feelings so much, though. I think the media has a massive influence over public feelings. Fear sells. The whole 'if it bleeds it leads' thing.

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