Pandemic Loops Are Making Us All Crazy

Pandemic Loops Are Making Us All Crazy

Pandemic Loops Are Making Us All Crazy

A few days ago, a Toronto teen revealed a short film of a day in the life of a high-schooler in a digital-learning model in the midst of a pandemic.

The video, entitled “Numb” focuses in on a teenage girl (Liv McNeil). She sighs, surveys her room, eyes the pictures on her wall of her and her friends during easier times and gets to her daily assignments on her laptop. The tension in the video increases with a time-lapsed montage of McNeil sitting in front of her computer throughout many days of lockdown, with escalating emotions of frustration.

At first it was kind of fine. I thought I had adapted to it and gotten used to it, but I realized I really missed my old life.”-Liv McNeil

McNeil shot the short herself as what she describes as a “coping mechanism” for being on lockdown. An ironic thing happened. This wise teenager realized that once she started doing something (besides the monotony of online learning), she felt productive.

But she still misses and craves the social interaction between her peers which most of our kids are sorely missing after five months. They thought come September, this would be over and they would go back to normal. We parents thought the same thing. But the “new normal” has taken over and it is far from normal. We are in a pandemic loop and it is making us crazy.

After hopes of a small amount of social interaction and in-classroom instruction, the possibility of returning to school, even part-time, was shot down in flames in my state this week.

There are many concerns educators have going back. We know there is not adequate testing right now, there’s not adequate tracing to get this under control. They (educators) have concerns about whether or not school districts are going to be able to procure the necessary PPE equipment to keep themselves safe. And you know, it can’t be ignored that yesterday we had the greatest number of new single day (COVID-19) cases in the state.

I think when we heard from the White House yesterday that science is not going to get in the way of reopening schools- really there’s no words for that. When you pencil out those numbers that’s 14 thousand students across the country who would become very ill or worse, if we were to reopen schools and that’s not acceptable. That’s ludicrous.”-Larry Delaney, President of the Washington Education Association

Spoken from the union president. We have a pandemic. We are concerned about safety of kids and teachers. We care about your child’s education. We care a lot. We care so much that we are going to continue to support and vote in the very people who put us in this pandemic loop. We are going to support the very ideals that are effectively preventing your kids from going back to school in the fall. We are digging our heels in and going against any claims from the CDC (whose pandemic guidelines we conveniently follow when it suits our narrative) and The White House (because Orange Man and Betsy DeVos bad) to prove this point and we are using your children to do this. WEA also cared a lot two years ago where they upheld school start dates for weeks at a time when teachers went on strike.

All of the above is politically-driven and counter-productive to our kids in a pandemic. We want to be productive as a society. Our kids want to be productive-yes-even in a pandemic. My own teenage son, who loves the video games just like any young man his age, has made the observation that he feels psychologically better when he is actively learning something and working out daily. He has been fortunate to have great teachers who do care and who have been engaged and have been trying to adapt to the online learning model. Unfortunately, some students do not experience the same level of engagement and compassion across the board. Or, the child is simply too young to process what is happening. This would have been a completely different story for us years ago when my son was a very active Kindergartener on an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Ever try teaching Kindergarten via ZOOM meeting or keeping a busy kid planted in front of a screen for instruction for hours upon hours on end? Ever try helping the child on an IEP with Occupational Therapy so he can properly grip a pencil and write his ABCs?

Like young and brilliant Liv McNeil, in a pandemic loop, they wake daily. They log onto their platforms to see their assignments and they do them. They ZOOM with their teachers and peers and see familiar faces. They live to tell the tale another day in the pandemic loop. If they are too young to do this on their own, hopefully, they are fortunate enough to have someone in the home that is willing and available to assist them with this process. As adults we do the same thing. We get up, we get ready for work, we read the news, we face-palm a few times, we grab another cup of coffee and get on with it. We read about increasing COVID-19cases in our respective states, panic ensues in community groups on Facebook, political arguments start, name calling commences on Twitter and “protests” in our cities continue nightly while our elected officials encourage rioters, who have no regard for social distancing or the law, to assemble and “protest peacefully” but tell the rest of us that we’re still in the midst of a serious pandemic and to “follow the science”, stay the hell home, mask up, wash our hands or they will shut down businesses. After all, we didn’t follow the rules and, as a result, our kids are not going back to school. Take that. Same $hit sandwich, different day in the pandemic loop of insanity. Mask up and buckle up, buttercup. This pandemic loop-de-loop is stuck in upside-down mode. The kids aren’t the only ones going off the deep end.

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  • Craig says:

    Here in Australia, a clusterf*** as well. Day after day, night after night, bad news after bad news, panic porn driven by the media. My job is in jeopardy and I’m struggling to get an interview, it’s a mess across the board and I see Liv and I want to scream too. I’m Wuhaned out, I’m tired and I’ve had a gutful of politicians and the media telling we are in this together. No, no we’re not in this together, the elites sit there and tell us we need to shut down, isolate and the end product is Liz. There’s a billion Liz’s right now and this is not going to end well. I’m done with this and I’m beyond the point of caring anymore, my goodwill, my humour and my empathy, gone……..prove me wrong, please?

  • KyPerson says:

    I am with her. From March till now, I have shook hands with one person. I haven’t hugged anyone. All I see are masked faces. I haven’t even been out of the state in 2020. And now our governor has closed bars, closed capacity for restaurants and threatened to close churches again. I am sick and tired of it. I know three people who have gotten the China virus and all of them are fine. One was 80 years old. Three people I know died (none from the virus) and I had to watch funerals on YouTube. And yet the city and state governments are fine with thousands of people rioting.
    There was an old Broadway musical whose title I am taking: Stop the World, I Want to Get Off

  • GWB says:

    We know there is not adequate testing right now, there’s not adequate tracing to get this under control. They (educators) have concerns about whether or not school districts are going to be able to procure the necessary PPE equipment to keep themselves safe. And you know, it can’t be ignored that yesterday we had the greatest number of new single day (COVID-19) cases in the state.
    Every single element of that is either bulls**t or mis-rendered. There’s more than adequate testing and tracing – because it doesn’t need to be “under control”. The school shouldn’t need to procure any PPE (except in special cases, such as special needs students). And that “single day cases” is likely mis-applied statistics or late reporting (or a case of reporting immunity tests with current positives).

    You want the school system to procure stuff? Fine, get the school nurse to procure enough HCQ/Z-pack/Zinc doses for a 10-day regimen for every adult staff member in the school. You get it, you get the regimen, and you get over it. Zis-boom-bah, you’re done!

    Trying to STOP a virus is stupid. Obtaining herd immunity is a much better solution.

    science is not going to get in the way of reopening schools
    And another bullsh** statement.

    14 thousand students across the country who would become very ill or worse
    You really should wipe the BM off those numbers you pulled out before you use them. Hygiene, after all!

    That’s ludicrous.
    A very apt description of this whole fiasco and your drama.

    We have a pandemic.
    Actually, we haven’t had that for a while, and “epidemic” is even questionable.

    We are going to support the very ideals that are effectively preventing your kids from going back to school in the fall.
    It’s a union. What did you expect? It’s never been about the kids for those folks.

    they are fortunate enough to have someone in the home that is willing and available to assist them with this process.
    Actually, this is the single largest predictor of success even in normal school times. Students with one or more engaged parents – checking on what they’re learning, supplementing, teaching their own skills/knowledge, reading with them, etc. – succeed even at the crappiest schools. And kids with TWO engaged parents do even better. It’s the primary difference between homeschooled kids and public school kids – not the quality of instruction, nor the materials, nor the brains of the student, but the quantity of parental engagement.

    (I’m betting you’ve seen this with your own kids, Lisa, no matter their level of disability.)

    “follow the science”
    One of the most pernicious phrases of our post-Enlightenment age, making “science” into a god to be worshiped mindlessly, rather than a method to find real truth (of the non-metaphysical kind).

    The kids aren’t the only ones going off the deep end.
    Pfft, in some ways, the kids are the tail end of the roller-coaster disappearing over the hump in the track. The country is already well into the next loop of stupidity.

    (Good post, Lisa.)

  • Two weeks ago, my daughters and I boarded a flight to Washington. Seattle was a cluster-scrum, but we were headed to the east side of the state. Austin to Spokane, with a stopover in Denver. We wore the mandated airplane masks and enjoyed a cool drink served in the full can (shocking I know). Texas had just posted a huge increase in numbers, and Washington was spotty.
    In Spokane we attended my nieces graduation party. With a bunch of teenagers, swimming, communal food buffet, and no masks. Last week we came home. Same route in reverse.
    Know what else we did this summer?
    Hosted a friend from Northern Virginia for a few weeks.
    All of us visited Six Flags in San Antonio.
    We ate out in restaurants.
    We went to an inflatable obstacle course on the local lake.
    We rented a boat from a local marina.
    Checked out paddle boards and kayaks from our marina. We used the community paddles.
    Our school is in limbo, but I refuse to let the overriding panic infect my family. I don’t want them looking back on this time in their lives and thinking that it was horrifically depressing. I want them to see that there are very real opportunities to create joyful experiences.
    Even if we have to wear a mask while doing it. 🙁

    • GWB says:

      I would want them looking back on this time in their lives and thinking how depressing it was… to be ruled by totalitarians who have no thought for the people other than to goad them into their ubermensch evolution and to support the elitists. Oh yes, I would very much want them to remember that – because the desire to rule over man is incessant, and every generation has its pick of wannabe dictators (or at least aristocrats/technocrats). This should inoculate them against future encroachments on their freedoms.

  • Taylor says:

    This is a nightmare worthy of a Twilight Zone episode and I can see the Left is completely reveling in it. I feel they really believe that because America has been such an “evil and racist” nation it deserves to be punished,
    “Break the body, break the spirit, break the heart”.

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