At least 30 schools in New York City have closed recently due to concern over swine flu. I suppose the rationale is that we can prevent spread by preventing infected individuals from congregating with others in crowded spaces. But in a dense city like New York, with over 8.2 million people living in just under 305Â square miles, how much impact can a few school closings have? School closings remind of me of snow days during my childhood. And what did we do on snow days when school was closed? We did not isolate ourselves; we got together with each other to socialize.Â I’m not an epidimiologist, so I’m not challenging the expertise and decisions of health and government officials. But, I wonder the real impact these school closings actually have. And if potential outbreaks force schools to close, shouldn’t we also be closing other big institutions and crowded spaces? Just say’in.
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