This goes out to all the teachers around the world. We are here for you.
Ask any teacher or principal across America this month, and you will hear one common phrase. They all echo fears of seeing their students get sick or their staff members. In many ways, we are seeing our teachers get tossed onto the front-lines. The enemy is COVID-19, but the teachers lack the full understanding and guidance of what needs to be done to prevent new infections, which makes for a future bloodbath.
Our government is banking on the same outcomes that other countries have seen in regards to school openings. However, what they are not explaining is the difference in COVID-19 cases, which played a large factor in how these schools were able to open.
Below are two links that show how many cases in least 13 other countries. The sites show what these countries had before they opened their schools. You will find that none of the countries had anywhere near our numbers. It is quite alarming when you look at it. The vast majority of these countries had under 70000 cases. There was only one or two with cases near 200000.
In those countries that our government talks about; the outbreak was under control to some degree. However, in America, we are sitting at millions of cases, and that showcases a different dilemma altogether. Perhaps, our biggest problem stems from people still not understanding what COVID-19 is. Many people still believe that COVID-19 is nothing more than the flu. Trump has never really pushed the importance of bringing the numbers down in ways that other leaders of some of the countries in question took control.
While some countries insured real lockdowns and leaders guided their nations through COVID-19, Trump let the governors take control of COVID-19. Due to the political storm currently taking place in the United States, many states are now in near despair with COVID-19 cases. Our recovery has never been about health; it has always been about finances. If you look at the numbers of cases for any of the countries that opened schools you will see a clear sign. We are not ready for schools to reopen. Our numbers are too high and we have yet to get real guidance on dealing with COVID-19.
At this point all we can do as a nation is pray for our schools!
According to new data published from articles in Forbes and other outlets Texas has once again changed the way our numbers are tallied in terms of infections and deaths stemming from COVID-19. https://www.forbes.com/sites/karenrobinsonjacobs/2020/07/28/reporting-changes-for-covid-19-deaths-in-texas-florida-may-give-ammunition-to-hoax-believers/#5337d9a4547e
If you have been following COVID-19 and the outbreak in Texas, you know that this isn’t the first time Texas has revamped their reporting. Back in May articles were written in The Atlantic and other outlets showing that Texas was not representing COVID-19 factually. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/05/cdc-and-states-are-misreporting-covid-19-test-data-pennsylvania-georgia-texas/611935/
Our site published an article in the same month detailing how two eateries within minutes from each other were closed at different times due to COVID-19.https://shellzonit.com/2020/05/13/two-eateries-come-down-with-covid-19-and-they-are-less-than-7-miles-apart/ The newest numbers on death spikes due to COVID-19 comes as no surprise to those of us who have been tracking the virus.
For many of us, we are hearing about COVID-19 cases each week. My husband’s office is once again closed because of another COVID-19 case. This makes the third shutdown within 6 weeks. Not every case has resulted in a shutdown which is perhaps the reason why his office has been closed for at least five consecutive days now. After his boss came down with COVID-19 he and the coworkers could not get tested. Since then, there have been at least three other cases.
I fear this is a common problem circulating in many businesses across Texas. We still have companies that are not closing down properly and making sure their buildings are cleaned to wipe out the virus. With practices like this we are going to continue to see the rise in cases. We may never know the true amount of COVID-19 cases in Texas or other states that are trying to hide the data from the people. However, as I have stated in the past, you only need to look around you. The answers are there, Google your COVID-19 cases every 24 hours and it will show you any local organizations that have closed due to COVID-19.
At this point, we cannot trust Governor Greg Abbott because he is an extension to Trumpism which right now seems to be a danger to all Americans. This is a very sad time for our state. Many of us trusted Abbott and even encouraged others like myself, to vote for him. However, he has shown us that politics come first, and that is something we can never have. We are watching the eroding of a party because the key members sold their souls for financial gain. Yet, I am encouraged by groups like The Lincoln Project. The following video could have been written from my heart and many others like myself.
Two weeks had vanished without any calls or text. Sloan slowly closed her apartment door and made her way to the front of her building. Patience had never been a word she would have used to describe herself. Without giving her next move anymore thought, she took off walking in the direction of the clinic. Within a matter of minutes, the building came into view with boards covering the windows and a large chain wrapped around the front door. Sloan paused in a near panic and slowly walked around to the other side of the building. A large red leasing sign covered a side window.
“Are you just now seeing it?”
Sloan jumped a little at the sound of the voice. “Yes, what about you?”
Norma walked towards Sloan and frowned. “No, I noticed it a couple of days ago. I guess we were scammed.”
“No, I saw the company on TV, and it was in all the papers.” Sloan shook her head and looked back at the window. “Besides, I read testimonies from people who have used them in the past.”
“I could come up with a phony website and write a bunch of garbage testimonies. I knew it was too good to be true,” continued Norma.
Sloan walked back to the front of the building. “Maybe they met their quota for this area. It could be anything, we are jumping to conclusions. I mean they could still call us, they said two or three weeks.”
“Well, here’s my number just in case you lost it the last time I gave it to you. Will you call me if you hear anything?”
Sloan took the card and quickly grabbed a small piece of paper out of her bag and wrote her number down as well. “I will call if I hear anything, but if you hear something first, could you please let me know?”
Norma nodded and both women went their separate ways.
A few more weeks had rushed by and Sloan had not heard anything from the company or Norma. Life was normal at least post virus normal. There were no more shopping trips to her favorite Asian market or walks in her adored arboretum. There were however frequent briefings on tips to avoid the virus and the occasional message of law and order from President Filmore. The days seemed longer now that the chance of having a baby was no longer on the table. Sloan put down her laptop and opened her frayed purse. Norma’s number was still neatly folded in the side of her wallet. Within a matter of seconds, Sloan unfolded the card and picked up her phone. “No, I need this.” She looked back at the number and preceded to dial the digits.
“Hello,” said Norma.
“Norma, it’s Sloan! I wanted to call you…”
Norma shouted into the phone. “THANK GOODNESS, I am so glad you called me. I didn’t know if I should have called or not. I am so glad you called. I’m guessing you were called back too!”
“I wanted to call after my first appointment, but I thought it would be better to wait for your call because you don’t really seem like the sharing type.”
The room started to spin. Sloan felt the heat rising from her shoulders to her neck. Trying to maintain her balance, she backed up against the sofa and braced herself. “I didn’t get a phone call. I was just calling to see if you wanted to go out because I haven’t been out in a while.”
This time Norma paused on the other line. “I feel like a real ass right now. I thought you were calling because they contacted you.”
“No, I guess they didn’t want me in the program.”
“Well, maybe they will call later. The lady who contacted me said they were late and that they were trying to get a new building for the people moving to the next stage in the treatment. At least give me a chance to do something nice for you. I feel really shitty for blabbing like I did.”
“Don’t worry about it.”
“Let me cook your dinner.”
Sloan held the phone away from her ear and looked down at a little black bug as it rushed over a small folded piece of her carpet. “I guess I could come over for a little.”
Norma’s smile could be heard through the phone. “Great! Give me like 45 minutes and I will have spaghetti and meatballs ready.”