The issue is that my wife is in the age group that has been documented by the CDC, WHO and other organization as the “higher risks” category.
To tell people that if they feel at risk, “Step a side” is a bit of an odd statement. What do you mean by Step aside? If you are telling them to quit, how does that help “their family circumstances”? What if they “Can’t step aside” because it would cause them financial ruin?
Second, in recent studies they have young adult (junior and senior high schools) while it does not affect them as bad as other groups, they do have a higher transfer rate of the virus than young children and other groups.
There lies the problem… Kid comes to school, transfer to virus to the teacher, who comes home and infects their spouse or parent with the virus who are in the vulnerable group (65+, have under lying health issues).
My wife is pretty healthy overall, I think her concern is the fact that a) I have some underlying health issues, and b) we help our kids by watching their kids because of work or school issues.
One last point, you looked at the numbers and considered only the student side of things. You never looked at the data about the educators and administration and their age groups and how it affects them.
Not sure in Washington what the numbers are, but here in Utah, They have estimated that about 60-70% of all teachers/administrators currently working in schools is in the age group of 60+ yrs old. Which as you know, is the near or in the group that is the most vulnerable.
Not sure, what the answer is. But as I told my wife, we prayer about it and follow what the Lord tells what to do. That is the best we can do at this time, because there is so much misinformation out there it hard to determine what is factual and what is false.
Can I ask what part of Washington you live in? My sister lives in Renton (I think that is what it is called) as well as my niece and her family.