Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of November 21
This thread is posted weekly, and is intended as a place for more-casual discussion of the coronavirus and questions/updates that may not warrant their own dedicated topics. Tell us about what the situation is like where you live!
Employees at COVID-stricken iPhone factory in China beaten, detained after protests (Associated Press, posted by MarketWatch)
With record covid cases, China scrambles to plug an immunity gap (Washington Post)
Doctors Debate Study That Found Masks in Boston-Area Schools Cut COVID Rates
The argument seems to be one of conflicting access needs. Some kids have difficulty learning and socializing when masks are mandated, while some kids are at increased risk of illness or death when they are the only ones masking.
I feel like all these doctors and policymakers could learn a thing or two about this concept from disabled folks. It's very telling that they only recognize one group of stakeholders with conflicting needs in the article —the former but not the latter. The first step to resolving this sort of thing is to actually recognize what the conflict is and who the people affected are. Otherwise one groups can get left out of the conversation entirely.
Edit: To put it more bluntly, kids who are high risk or who have high risk family members are being pushed out of education entirely because it's no longer safe for them. If people think that some disabled kids' need for education outweighs some other disabled kids' need for education, perhaps due to relative number, okay. But people should be honest about what choice they're making.