For nearly a year, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Imperial College, the CDC, Anthony Fauci, the mainstream media, and most of our world leaders have been relentlessly amplifying the doomsday devastation messaging that has sound-tracked the international response to COVID-19. Given the grave seriousness, even the hysteria with which we have addressed the spread of the SARS CoV2 virus, is it any wonder frontline professionals, such as teachers, have been reluctant to return to the classrooms where they might fall prey to the 2021 version of the bubonic plague?
Jerry Garcia sang: “What a long, strange trip it's been.” He could have been writing presciently about the last year of international COVID catastrophe and our wayward response to it. Remember the two-week closures of schools and businesses and mandated quarantines in March of 2020 undertaken to “flatten the curve”? Smash cut to nearly a year later after political rancor has divided us and the serial reversals on COVID policy by Anthony Fauci, the WHO, and the CDC have flummoxed us. Discussions of opening up America and getting children back to in-person learning are only now beginning to happen.
The Lockdown Failure
A whole year gone – and the first global lockdown of the healthy in the world's history looks to be an abject and tragic failure that was far more impactful than the virus it sought to mitigate. Internationally, approximately 0.4% of those infected with SARS CoV2 die from it, while the number i...