We’ve been saying this for six weeks already here at the EssaySnark blahg: School will NOT be back in session on site in Fall 2020.
The schools are finally starting to also acknowledge it.
This is only a tweet and nothing more official, but:
BREAKING: The fall semester will begin online for incoming students at Harvard Medical School, per an email from HMS Dean Daley. The school plans to offer on-campus research and training for returning students and hopes to have everyone on campus by January.
— The Harvard Crimson (@thecrimson) May 13, 2020
Nobody wants this. It totally sucks. It means the world is in really bad shape, and accepting that is very difficult to do.
But let’s start facing reality.
(And yes, the replies to that tweet questioning the decision of THE MEDICAL SCHOOL are hilarious.)
The sooner we can start having some kind of “normal” life the better.
And the first step towards that happening is accepting it.
Also folks while we’re in the “deal with reality, please” post:
The whole six-feet distancing thing? That’s arbitrary. Virus particles can infect you even if you’re more than six feet away from someone.
Essential oils do not protect you from coronavirus.
Don’t get us started on conspiracy theories. We seriously hope you’re engaging your brain when you’re on social media. Please. Please. Use common sense.
The whole six-foot rule for social distancing was because the government had to tell us SOMETHING. They had to give us some sort of guidance. “Six feet? That sounds like a doable number. We don’t actually know how contagious this thing is or how far virus particles travel, but if we tell them to stay further apart, people will freak. So yeah, six feet? Can we agree on that? It’s also a number most people can visualize. So, sure guys, let’s go with six feet. That should make people feel safe.”
Here’s a helpful article on how coronavirus is spread written — written by a professor who’s not a virulogist, but is still a scientist who understands, err, science. And diseases. And writes in plain English so folks can understand.
Stay safe people.
We have to learn patience.
Let’s control the things that we can, and be smart about it.
And if you’re thinking about whether or not to continue with your plans to start bschool in the fall, EssaySnark says: What other way are you going to ride out a pandemic? So what if it’s on Zoom. What else are you going to do with the time!?!!