I've been following this (and some parallel threads) for a while. My thoughts: 1. None of the posters here is an expert virologist or epidemiologist. We are collectively making claims and asking questions which are based on limited knowledge. 2. It looks as if most posters on here are classroom teachers, not managers/leaders, and therefore also have less experience and knowledge of whole-school management than we might wish. 3. We are therefore, whether we like it or not, in the hands of experts. The evidence is that the government is following expert advice, and of course that advice will include expertise beyond epidemiology - it will include legal advice, psychological advice, advice on keeping supplies running and so on. 4. This is where I drift into areas of my ignorance - I judge that, just as with other viral infections like colds and flu, in the end just about everyone will be exposed to infection. So hoping to find ways of avoiding infection is in the end a fool's errand; hoping to delay it is sensible. This buys time for vaccine development; it buys time for evidence-based treatment; it buys time for hed immunity to develop. These in turn will reduce transmission rates, and once these fall below unity, the disease will die out.