There’s a story being picked up by several of this morning’s papers. Here’s a link to one not behind a paywall. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/coronavirus-adviser-pm-wants-herd-21811857 The gist of the story is this. Hopefully, in a week or two, we should see infection numbers drop due to the implementation of lockdown. But what then? We can’t realistically wait and live like this for 12-18 months while a vaccine arrives. Apart from the damage to the economy as a whole, it’s dangerous for people’s mental health, we’ll see a rise in abuse, suicides, etc. So, as soon as we have it under control, we need to start to let it spread again, but slowly, by lifting restrictions in a controlled and limited way. The idea is to let the virus spread, but slowly enough that the NHS can handle the pressure. But here’s the thing. There’s a very slight hint across the stories that the way to do this would be to open schools again. The concept appears to be that you’d only be putting a limited number in society at risk, as not everyone has kids, kids are generally not prone to suffering too badly, and neither are most parents who are of the age to have kids at school. So the virus would spread, but not to everyone at once, and those most likely to get it quickly are less likely to need hospital treatment. That puts teachers right on the front line. Schools will become the new, ‘Controlled Virus Spreading Engine’. Fine for the young kids and their parents, but with teachers, who are more vulnerable the older they get, right in there with them. Comments?