SL 825

Post-college research is happening right now. Lots of phone calls. So just some links this afternoon to some great journalism about kids, families, and schools.

The Lost Year: What the Pandemic Cost Teenagers. I’m still reading this, but so far, it’s amazing. “The median age for COVID-19 fatalities in the U.S. is about 80. Of the nearly 500,000 deaths in the U.S. analyzed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as of early March, 252 were among those 18 or younger — five hundredths of a percent of the total.”

NPR’s What The $300 A Month Child Benefit Could Mean For A Family On The Edge

USA Today: CDC misinterpreted our research on opening schools. It should loosen the rules now.

How a Decline in Enrollment at Community Colleges is a Big Problem for the Economy

7 thoughts on “SL 825

  1. I was just talking to an older relative, offering to help her and her husband with COVID vaccine sign-up if needed.

    It turns out that the older relative is hesitant about the COVID vaccine, due to personal medical issues (she’s on a lot of drugs already), her husband’s medical issues, our extended family’s medical guru being anti-COVID vaxx, her own concerns (“you know, some young women aren’t taking it because they’re afraid they won’t be able to have babies!”), and her depending on other people having had COVID already and other people getting vaccinated. I told her that there are already several vaccines, and in a couple of months there might be even more different vaccines available, and some of those are more traditional vaccines. She said she would be open to getting it once it’s available at a pharmacy like Walgreen’s. (I was kind of kicking myself for not asking her husband first, as he’s struck me as being at least vaccine-curious.)

    So that’s an interesting data point for vaccine distribution. At least some people who wouldn’t be willing to do the big mass vaccine clinic or to be early adopters may be more open to it once it reaches the retail level–their neighborhood pharmacy or their personal doctor. And some people will be more willing to do a traditional vaccine as opposed to an innovative one.


  2. I think I’ve scared off all the traffic with blog posts about serious stuff. Whew. I’m the weirdest blogger in the world, because I get freaked out when more than 200 people per day show up here. Too much attention in the past few days. Luckily, nobody was an asshole. Besides, I’m not a gossip blogger and have no interest in gaining fame from knowing weird shit. But if you want something juicy, check out the Fredo blogpost at BlindGossip.


  3. I still read. You have some commenters I prefer not to engage, though, so I don’t comment much.


  4. Regarding the Meghan-Markle-for-president-in-2024 thing:

    This is the worst idea I’ve ever heard.

    Kamala Harris isn’t that great a politician, but even she will be able to beat Meghan like a drum. You can’t self-pity yourself into the White House. There has to be at least a thin veneer of caring for the voters. Also, KH occupies the exact same demographic lane that MM does (white-looking black woman with white husband), while being much more qualified, well-connected and well-positioned.

    Why not do Democratic fundraising and activism instead?

    Oh, yeah, because narcissism.


    1. Two of the three people involved in that interview could conceivably become heads of state, but Meghan is not one of them. Far be it from me to question the gossip blogs, but she’s nowhere near a big enough star to be a presidential candidate on the basis of celebrity. Oprah, yes (not advisable or likely, but in the realm of possibility).


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