Category Archives: Education

Effects of Schools on COVID-19, Pre- and Post-B.1.1.7

There’s an interesting non-peer reviewed study that made the rounds earlier this week about the effect of school reopening on the spread of COVID-19. Here’s the abstract: This paper examines the effect of fall 2020 school reopenings in Texas on … Continue reading

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Most Schools Still Should Not Be Open Based on the CDC Criteria

Then again, we’ve never seriously used COVID-19 prevalence statistics to tighten restrictions, so why would we start now? As of yesterday, using the CDC criteria of 50 new cases per week per 100,000 people and a percent positive rate less … Continue reading

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Higher Education Downsizing and ‘Real’ Majors

There’s an entire outrage industry built on attacking various university departments that don’t teach ‘anything useful.’ Various state governors have jumped on board, and attempt to defund departments, the ones that they find politically incorrect. That’s how the discourse is … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on the CDC’s New School Guidance

I realize last week much of the nation was watching jury nullification happen in real time (aka ‘the impeachment trial’), but last week, the CDC released an “Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation.” For the first time in … Continue reading

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When Campbell’s Law Collides with COVID-19

For those who aren’t familiar with Campbell’s Law: “The more any quantitative social indicator is used for social decision-making, the more subject it will be to corruption pressures and the more apt it will be to distort and corrupt the … Continue reading

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What Normal-ish Means, Especially for D.C. Schools

One point some asshole with a blog Twitter feed routinely makes is that, if we could lower the prevalence of COVID-19 in D.C. to lower levels, we could return to normal-ish activities. So what does that mean? What we want … Continue reading

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We Should Reset, and How It Should Work

With only around ten U.S. states that are below the German shutdown threshold of 50 cases per week per 100,000 people (a one-week prevalence of 0.05%), and only one state, Vermont, that is below 0.01%* as of Tuesday, it’s clear … Continue reading

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Schools and Superspreading

One thing that is going to make keeping schools open much harder is the phenomenon of superspreading. The spread of COVID-19 appears to be largely driven by a small number of people who result in most of the infections. So … Continue reading

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The State of COVID-19 in the District

While this is a D.C.-focused post, there are some general issues about COVID-19 that can be gleaned from digging into how D.C. is doing regarding COVID-19 (and it never hurts to look at data!). The good news–very good news–is that, … Continue reading

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Prevalence and Opening Schools

I’ve been making the point repeatedly that, for life to return to normal(-ish), we must lower the prevalence of people infected with COVID-19 because the best way to not get infected is to have very rare or no contact with … Continue reading

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