COVID 19 is not going away, but summer is soon to be over. So how many K-12 students will walk into a school building? This is a wrenching decision for parents, administrators and teachers. If every county in the US could follow these 5 steps to guide important decisions on business, restaurants, and schools we would have some clarity. Rather most people feel like this fog of confusion and misinformation will never lift.
Many Americans were accustomed to airline travel for business as well as pleasure prior to the pandemic. Airline websites often displayed the data for “on time departure”. Frequent flyers knew where to look for updates on delays, lost luggage and more travel information to ease the stress of congested airports, business deadlines and the general hassle.
Data driven planning is a roadmap to next steps in this pandemic. We will face this virus for a long time, so it is essential for all of us to grasp the significance of testing, positivity rates and more. These five criteria are available on your state public health website, in most cases.
This video from BBC provides a quick overview of the 5 criteria that is the roadmap for opening.
In order to show control of the virus:
- Number of new infections daily should be <4/100,000
- Rate of Testing
- Number of tests positive for COVID (positivity rate)
- Two week decline in number of positive cases
- Sufficient ICU beds
In addition to your state health department website the National Association of Governors has a chart of various criteria explained for each state.
By staying informed about the progress of the disease in our respective states and counties we are able to communicate our concerns and positive comments to state legislators, school board and local papers.