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The Ongoing Crisis of COV-19: An Exhausting Proposition for All
This has been an exhausting week both physically and mentally due to pressures from all sides and most of all from the media. Those of us that teach are having to reinvent our courses and reinvent ourselves to meet the needs of our students. The students are a very diversified group with many different capabilities and very different access to technology. Although it sounds great to have a plan to put all our courses on-line…it’s not so simple. I have the privilege of tutoring students from many different countries and states and the common denominator is confusion! Most want to do what’s right but don’t know how to or are getting conflicting messages from their instructors. Most are worried about their grades and completing their assignments. Many are still working which adds to the burden.
I find it interesting that people want this to be over and yet are fearful that if they go back to work, they will be at risk. The Ford Company wants to go back to work, but employees are afraid. Has the media made us so fearful that rational thinking is not possible? Does the whole country have to be on lock-down just because parts of the country have a high number of cases or are considered an epi-center? We understand the fear associated with this unknown entity, yet are we applying our best resources to this issue? Have we tapped into the experts that understand the ecology of the viruses? David Quammen in his recent book called “Spillover”:…..Discusses the possibilities of such a Pandemic and reviews SARS-1 and HIV, Nipah and others. Were we not already forewarned many times of this pandemic possibility?
What modeling has been done to predict where the virus may go? Are all States and counties there in, in the same predicament? Can we not narrow down our recommendations to allow parts of the country to go back to work? For Once I agree with our President, we need to get this country back at work. We need to maintain safe distancing, lower risks where possible, maintain cleanliness and good eating habits, but lets go back to work where the virus is not.
Dr. Helene Paxton
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