School’s Out for Bummer

“While many states have expressed a firm desire to get going in August, the California State University system announced Tuesday that almost all of its classes would be conducted remotely in the fall semester. And the University of California said it was likely none of its campuses would fully reopen in the fall either.” Many people look to the reopening of schools as a key step in the return to normalcy (or for parents, sanity). So this is unwelcome news, indeed. Somber warnings temper hopes about a fall return to school — and normalcy.

+ These moves would feel a lot less shocking if we had national guidelines. Oh wait, we do. They’re just being kept from us. “On Tuesday, CDC Director Robert Redfield testified before a U.S. Senate committee that the recommendations would be released ‘soon.'” (But not sooner than states reopen.) AP: CDC guidance more restrictive than White House. (Who to believe? The experts who have spent a lifetime studying infectious diseases or a reality show star hopped up on disinfectant who lies every time he speaks?)

+ How do we safely and sanely re-enter the workplace? The people who have developed the best practices are health workers. The New Yorker’s Atul Gawande on What they can teach us about the safest way to lift a lockdown. “Its elements are all familiar: hygiene measures, screening, distancing, and masks. Each has flaws. Skip one, and the treatment won’t work. But, when taken together, and taken seriously, they shut down the virus. We need to understand these elements properly—what their strengths and limitations are—if we’re going to make them work outside health care.”

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