Back in October, teachers recall missing 30% of their students for almost the entire month. Some students would typically miss the entire week and come back reporting they had to get breathing treatments from their doctors because of “upper respiratory infections”. Still, they returned with rough coughs, fevers and tiredness. Being a middle school, these symptoms would transfer from kiddo to kiddo. Was this Covid-19 in its earliest stages that was never detected?
I’m a middle teacher in the Los Angeles County area. Not sure if anyone is aware of it, but middle school students typically share their time sharing saliva, food, drinks, not washing their hands and intentionally being disgusting. As much as we love them, as teachers we prefer to keep our distance.
I recall having several conversations with students who reported being on breathing machines because they had a “flu”. Yes, a flu that kept them out for a week, them returning still ill coughing, and being out again sick. This was a flu that I never witnessed until I experienced it myself. I didn’t Eem to have a fever, but light chills, no cough or sneezing but I developed a cough from somewhere unknown. After about a week I beat it out and wondered why I never experienced sneezing and a runny nose. Oh well, back to the classroom.
California cities received the high travel traffic from Asia, the continent where this virus erupted from. California also has the highest Asian population of all states. Let’s also make this clear, this is not Asian Americans’ fault that this virus is here. The virus could have been easily brought over by any type of American. The fact remains, it’s here, mkay likely been here for a while, possibly since the fall of 2019, and we must practice social distancing to get beat it!