I think the key to fighting covid will be to figure out how it can be deadly to some people, while thousands of others are walking around with it and have no symptoms (according to current testing anyway).
We can’t keep treating every positive test like that person is going to infect 100 others and they will all end up in intensive care. They don’t, but it is costing us a fortune because we are scared of it. My employer (a taxpayer funded school district) has started a new leave category for the people that aren’t sick, haven’t been around anyone who is sick, but have been exposed to someone with a positive test. According the the health dept they are supposed to get tested and stay home for 10 days. 10 days with pay at home doing nothing. Some could work at home, but most won’t because others in their union can’t (like custodians or groundskeepers) so it wouldn’t be ‘fair’ for them to.
This is on top of continuing to pay people while kids aren’t even in school, because we are afraid to open in case there is an ‘outbreak.’ We’ve seen the headlines about “1200 positive tests!” and the resulting handwringing. Our superintendent likes her job and our school board is elected. They aren’t going to take that chance, even though it is extremely rare that anyone in a school has actually been seriously ill or died.
In the meantime kids are getting a small percentage of what the taxpayers are paying us for.