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  1. For a typical American High School, where students are changing classes, and have different electives they take, what is the plan for those districts who would have at least some in-person classes when (not if, but when) a student or teacher tests positive for covid? Does everyone else in every class shared with the positive person have to quarantine for two weeks? Including the teachers? Do those teachers immediately switch to teaching from home? Bring in a lot of subs? If it was a student in a sport or extracurricular, is the whole team/group/coach quarantined? Seems like just a handful of cases would force the whole school online all of a sudden?
  2. Bullies never pick on anyone their own size, much less someone much, much bigger.
  3. The OP calls out "personal and advertising insurance", which covers things like libel, slander, and intellectual property issues. For the latter, I would *hope* that fair use would cover any legitimate teaching issues. However, just like these boards apparently got in some legal hot water with people posting copyright images a while back, I could image if a tutor's lecture materials with copyright material from others became publicly visible, you could be subject to a lawsuit by some trolling law firm. Even if you were legally in the right, defending the suit could be expensive. Nonetheless, I'd really want the employer to be on the hook for that.
  4. Isn't this sort of thing another result of the rising "gig economy", and lack of traditional employment relationships? Does the charter school itself carry insurance? If so, what does that cover? Also, what about jurisdication -- I assume you aren't in California, but thinking about working for a school chartered in CA -- what would the jurisdiction of any lawsuit be?
  5. I think more cases are more widely publicized now, but I don't idealize the past. I'm sure this was going on long before cell phones or color television.
  6. I don't think it's become normalized, I just think that we stopped sweeping it under the rug, and starting publicizing it. If anything, I think this kind of publicity denormalizes this activity. I saw this sort of thing happening (mostly with male teachers) in small towns all the time growing up. I was just reading about a minor political figure whose parents married when the mother was 13 and the father was 28 in the 1940s (!). Newt Gingrich married his high school math teacher.
  7. What a relief. Perhaps now you can help Seasider find her chocolate:
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    The best butcher in my town offers mainly prime cuts of steak, which is very expensive. Other places offer choice or prime, with choice often being significantly less. My family is perfectly happy with choice, even for special occasions.
  9. Hospitals are getting better at treating covid since the beginning of the outbreak. There's no silver bullet, but remdesivir helps some, the MATH+ protocols help, pronation helps, delaying intubation helps. There's all kinds of formal and informal communications between hospital professionals about what works and what doesn't work.
  10. Who knows? I guess another possibility is that the patients are asymptomatic when tested at admissions, but are early on in the progression of the disease and will become symptomatic later?
  11. Another shocking statistic from the NYT: every patient admitted to the ER in a large public Miami hospital, for whatever ailment gets a Covid test. Over the last two weeks, one third of ER admissions, usually for things like broken bones, car accidents, etc. have tested positive for covid.
  12. NYT is reporting that 43% of all US covid deaths are nursing home residents, even though they are 11% of the cases. I just can't imagine.
  13. Forgive me another dumb question, but my understanding is that autopsies are generally rare nowadays -- less than 10% of all deaths get one. In the surge of covid deaths, are hospitals doing autopsies on all the covid patients? I could see why they aren't, because of capacity, but could also see where there may be new things to learn?
  14. But it is all still voluntary for now, right? So trying to derive something interesting from those statistics is fraught with peril. If the big Universities test every single student and employee before they were allowed back on campus in fall (and I hope if they have on-campus classes, they test *everyone*), then we will get consistent numbers. Probably the number of younger people who test positive then will spike, which will be a good thing -- because we can then isolate them so they can't spread the disease any more. Our goal should be to identify and isolate everyone with covid, symptomatic or not.
  15. Who said anything about wanting infections? But given that there are infections, some group, statistically is going to have the most. I find it demeaning and patronizing to younger people, to blame them for spreading the disease, blaming their alleged bar-hoping and bed-hopping without any evidence. I'm glad we're doing a better job of protecting older people -- they are the most at risk, and in some ways, the easiest to protect.
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