Friday, July 9, 2021

An email I wrote but decided not to send

[redacted], but realized that would just create an endless email chain that wouldn't really solve anything, so rather I'm sending it to you, to think about but hopefully not worry about.  I apologize for placing this minor burden on you, but I guess when it comes right down to it I just need to vent and you have made the terrible, terrible choice of being kind and accommodating.

I realize this is all speculative, and have no idea what to do, but as we move to in-person courses this is something to consider. I understand that online courses are not making, and there's a need for in-person sections.  If (so many IFs) the Delta variant heats up, the school may need to go online for a couple of weeks. 
  • Do in-person classes switch to Live Streaming at that point? 
  • What if students decide they don't want to come to class because of virus fears?  
  • What if students decide they don't want to come to class and blame virus fears?  
  • What if I'm teaching in person--do I just not visit my 80-year-old mother for a semester--because even after vaccination she has the antibody levels of an unvaccinated 50-year-old Trump supporter.  
The important thing to keep in mind is that I'm anxious, and thanks to the miracle of the internet I can quickly transfer those anxieties to you.  Thanks!

“I could foresee that in certain parts of the country, there could be a reintroduction of indoor mask mandates, distancing and occupancy limits” in the coming months, said Lawrence Gostin, director of the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Center on National and Global Health Law.

He said he fears there will be “major outbreaks” in the U.S. this fall, especially in states with low vaccination rates.

“We are heading for a very dangerous fall, with large swaths of the country still unvaccinated, a surging delta variant and people taking off their masks,” Gostin added.

One of Utah's proud achievements is being on the top five sites for the spread of the Delta variant:

Utah

Officials have already identified more than 1,100 Delta cases, according to state government data.

"I want to be very, very clear about what everyone of our staff has told me and that is this is not over," said Kencee Graves, the chief medical officer for inpatient services at the University of Utah, in a briefing. "Vaccine is important, is what we need to end this, but the COVID-19 pandemic is not over."

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