We need new rules for the new omicron variant of COVID-19 to have a happy, normal school year in 2022. The new rules should be much the same as those my mom’s generation followed many years ago. Here are six key ones:
1. Get vaccinated. When Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine arrived, my mom was among the first to insist that we be inoculated. That way we would not suffer on crutches like the lady with the beautiful voice who sang in our church choir. According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the chances of young people aged 12 to 18 becoming hospitalized for COVID are vanishingly small if they have had their shots. Only 0.002 out of every thousand are at risk of becoming that seriously ill, less than one-tenth the rate for those not vaccinated.