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The kids are not all right. Denying omicron’s impacts won’t make it better. ⋆ Michigan Advance

The kids are not all right. Denying omicron’s impacts won’t make it better. ⋆ Michigan Advance
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Less than an hour after my youngest left for high school on Friday, I received the text. Less than a third of the children in her class were there for the first period. There was another replacement. And there have been 10 more cases of COVID reported in the school (in addition to many more earlier this week).

He’s usually my cold kid, but he was clearly worried (‘sketchy’ has been used a few times) and asked to be taken care of (although he’d been super excited to show his friends the Hasan piker merchandise he received as a late Christmas present).

Schools across the country are close again – not because of government shutdowns, but because the insanely contagious omicron variant does this job for us. When you don’t have enough healthy teachers or students, something has to give.

Beaumont Health’s full-page ad will appear in local newspapers on Sunday, January 9. | Image courtesy of Beaumont Health

We live in a time when Beaumont Health emails patients and runs advertisements spelling out, “We’re at a breaking point,” thanks to unvaccinated patients swarming hospitals and staff getting sick.

To claim that schools are immune to the omicron domino effect is a magical thought. If we were serious about trying to ensure that face-to-face learning continued, we would talk about the vaccination mandates for students and staff. But given that only 62% of the country is fully vaccinated (it’s only 57% in Michigan) and millions of people believe right-wing plots in the process, we don’t even discuss the smartest policy option.

Instead, there is a lot of screaming Republicans and experts that teachers’ unions should be broken and schools should be forced to stay open – something they always wanted and that they are simply using a pandemic as an excuse. They cynically believe that making the teachers the enemy, as they did with the attacks on Critical breed theory, is the key to winning the midterms. (Plus, government mandates are obviously OK as long as they promote a right-wing agenda, I get it).

It’s weird like the same people who tell us that we must never hurt the fees of selfishly unvaxed people who instigated the omicron assault has no problem calling teachers lazy for safety concerns.

So I didn’t hesitate to go pick up my son last week, even though Ivy League economics teachers could tell me i should tell my kid to suck it because it’s time to just pink all day and put the plague behind us! And kids without kids who average polls for a living might lecture me that my kid out of school is an atrocity we by with 460,000 dead in the Iraq war.

Let’s take a moment to talk about how some people have decided that a plague is the perfect opportunity to make TV hits on topics they have no expertise in for weight. There hasn’t been a dearth of people on social media about Zoom classes and their favorite villain, teachers who don’t want to die.

In the years to come, people will discover tweets from their elite parents shouting that schools had better get rid of their children during the unprecedented omicron wave of the pandemic and have a lot to say to their therapists.

Look, everyone is frustrated in the year 608 of COVID. The vast majority of parents are simply doing their best, trying to make sure that our children are healthy in every way – especially if they have disabilities, pre-existing conditions, and mental health issues that have been largely overlooked in the world. society long before the pandemic.

Look, everyone is frustrated in the year 608 of COVID. The vast majority of parents are simply doing our best, trying to make sure that our children are healthy in every way – especially if they have disabilities, pre-existing conditions, and mental health issues that were largely ignored in society long before. the pandemic.

Children have never been immune to COVID and have always been vectors for the virus, but the delta and omicron surges have resulted in more children get it and even die. There is so much we don’t know about the long-term effects of the disease – another aspect that is often overlooked – but a new one to study It is worrying to show that children who are COVID survivors are more susceptible to type I and II diabetes.

We also don’t spend a lot of time talking about the number of children who have lost loved ones and orphaned during the pandemic. In Michigan, over 3,200 children lost a primary caregiver, hitting black families the hardest – and that data only dates back to last June before delta and omicron wreaked havoc. Nationally, 140,000 children lost their primary caregiver during the same period.

It’s the kind of trauma that takes years to overcome. And yet media discourse on children’s mental health is, once again, superficial, incomplete, and often in the service of a right-wing agenda. While online learning has certainly not been beneficial for most children – including mine – it is unlikely to blame the youth mental health crisis on this fact alone when many children are in the process. struggling with a myriad of issues like family illness, poverty, bodily issues and more. (Not to mention the fact that many are deeply concerned about big issues like the burning of the planet, school shootings, structural racism, and student debt.)

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I’ve taught my kids to defend themselves, their health and safety – you have to, especially since this is a generation that grew up with dystopian active marksmanship. And so when my kids don’t feel safe at school, I trust them.

And I really don’t care if wealthy parents who indulge in mild COVID denial judge me as weak. I had no children waiting for a nanny to take over after a few weeks, followed by a private kindergarten then a school and scheduled activities from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. so that I could have a lot. of time. It’s not parenting for 99% of people, sorry, especially those of us who have spent years as single mothers. And more importantly, why would we want this to be the case? My children are the most amazing people I know and are there to guide them on their journey, especially during a pandemic and attacks on democracy – that’s exactly what I signed up for.

So I am sorry that you are fed up with COVID. We are all. It couldn’t have been that bad, because we’re getting terribly close to a million dead. But too many Americans have embraced anti-vax propaganda and appear determined to keep the virus circulating in perpetuity.

To see more and more opinion leaders shrug their shoulders that some people just have to get sick and die is monstrous. Omicron might be milder, especially if you’re vaccinated, but it seems apt enough to spread apathy and inhumanity.

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