No Child Left Behind. Every Student Succeeds. Race to the Top. Regardless of the names policy makers put behind national education initiatives over the last twenty years, the outcomes have been the same. Children are regularly left behind. Every student does not succeed (many actually lack a legit opportunity to do so). And when it comes to the educational equity race, the ever-elusive finish line makes it feel like we are not on a track, but on a treadmill.
The corona virus pandemic is revealing new layers of inequity that may end up setting us back even further. Education leaders are tackling the unexpected challenge of providing distance learning as the primary mode of instruction for weeks, months, and possibly the remainder of the school year. How can school systems that struggle to deliver equitable results in a standard brick and mortar setting overcome the added challenges inherent in distance learning?
Some districts have answered this question by deciding not to provide any learning, period. The legal obligations here are admittedly complex. Once school systems commit to provide any instruction, they are legally obligated to meet the needs of students with special needs. School closures across the country have also brought to shine a bright light on the enormous role schools play in our children’s safety net. Understandably, requiring students to have the technological resources and support at home needed for effective distance learning programs to work is a challenging legal obligation.
But it is still important to have a clear definition of what successful distance learning should look like. To define success, presume that every single student has the necessary technology, time, motivation, and support to participate in distance learning. Then, consider how success would be measured if standardized exams did not exist. As part of my work with educators, I have regularly asked what they would do if they had a magic wand to re-imagine education. Their most popular answer aligns closely with what success would look like in today’s digital context: giving every child their own independent learning goals and equipping them the tools and resources they need to meet these goals.
There is no exhaustive how-to list for equity because equity work is never quite finished. The key to providing equitable distance learning opportunities for all students is to recognize what this looks like for each student’s unique situation. This transition from “all children” to “each child” is probably a heavier lift than the shift to distance learning. But by recognizing equity as an overarching aspect of every decision school system leaders are making as part of this transition, valuable lessons will be learned that will help schools serve students more effectively in this new distance learning environment.
Despite the fact that the COVID-19 disease covers everything, but the rest of the viruses and bacteria have not disappeared. There is a good chance that what you have is a different infection. Some signs can reassure you.
A disease, including COVID-19, does not always respond to the same symptoms. It varies from patient to patient.
However, these variations, which the physician should be aware of, are usually rare. The vast majority agree on the symptoms.
As you know, in coronavirus infection, there is high fever and dry cough; later, shortness of breath.
Coronavirus symptoms are more common in other diseases
There are other symptoms that, in a very high percentage, are common in other diseases and practically rule out the coronavirus.
The first major study of symptoms, published by The New England Journal of Medecine, clarifies which symptoms are not common.
1. TEARING AND INFLATED EYES
Less than 1% of those affected by the coronavirus have swollen irritated or watery eyes.
It is a symptom that is associated with an allergy or a common cold. It is one of the most obvious signs to start ruling out COVID-19.
2. CONGESTED NOSE AND MOCOS
A very common symptom of common colds and, to a lesser extent, influenza, and has rarely been detected in COVID-19.
The coronavirus affects the upper part of the respiratory system less, unlike common constipation.
So these symptoms of the upper part of the head are more typical of a cold.
Sneezes are common from the flu, colds, and allergies to mites or pollen, for example.
A dry cough, typical of the coronavirus, can also be a sign of the flu or even a cold. That is, do not think that it is a coronavirus either.
Fever is one of the most common factors in coronavirus infection. Even if it takes two or three days, it almost always appears.
Only high fever is related to COVID-19
It is also a fever that exceeds 37.5 degrees. The average is usually between 38 and 39 degrees during illness.
The slight fever can be caused by a cold. It is not usual, but when it is intense, it is accompanied by low fever and some general discomfort.
Only 4% of coronavirus patients get this symptom.
It is more common in a stomach virus, spoiled food, or even nerves.
Nausea and vomiting also occur very rarely among COVID-19 patients (5%).
Some aerial viruses can end up in the digestive tract and cause digestive problems. But it is not normal.
Only 5% of infected people feel nauseated by this virus
A stomach virus or spoiled food are much more common causes.
7. FATIGUE, WEAKNESS, TIREDNESS
Fatigue is a very common symptom of the flu. The feeling of weakness and fatigue can last for two weeks.
It is true that in the COVID-19, there is also fatigue, but to a lesser extent, it has been seen in a third of those infected by the coronavirus.
8. MUSCLE PAIN
Muscle or joint pain is a common symptom of the flu. Also, of course, to other non-respiratory diseases.
Body pain is more like flu. Few cases (less than 15%) with pain have been described in those infected with coronavirus.
In a similar proportion to muscle pain, it is almost always a flu symptom in respiratory diseases.
In this type of illness, be it the flu or COVID-19, the headache occurs along with other symptoms.
If you are only suffering from a headache without any other symptoms (fever, cough), it is probably migraine or tension pain.
10. YOU CAN BREATHE DEEP
If you have other symptoms, such as cough and fever, but you breathe well, don’t rule it out as the common flu.
It could be a coronavirus but in a mild condition.
But the disease, if it spreads and goes down to the lungs, causes a very characteristic feeling of shortness of breath, typical of pneumonia.
NOT ALWAYS THE SAME
Even though in the vast majority of cases, these symptoms coincide with other pathologies that are not COVID-19, today, without doing the coronavirus test, there is no complete certainty.
The general recommendation is that, if you have any symptoms and doubts, take extreme precautions, and do not expose others to unnecessary risks.
The data has shown that the symptoms of the coronavirus can be mild, similar to mild cold.
More commonly, they are flu-like symptoms and can even mislead health workers themselves.
Tips And Activities To Spend Your Time During Coronavirus Lockdown
Coronavirus has affected more than 200 countries around the world. It has affected the day to day routine of humans worldwide. It has become an epidemic that has taken the lives of seventy thousand people, and there are about thirteen hundred thousand people struggle between life and death.
It is crucial to follow the precautions as the COVID 19 spreads from human to human through the breath. Social distancing is the best prevention method, followed by countries worldwide. Several countries have decided to lockdown the areas, and some countries have locked down the entire country.
People should obey the rules and regulations and support medical authorities to wipeout Coronavirus from the face of the Earth as soon as possible. It is smart to use the time during the lockdown wisely and effectively. There are several activities and tips to follow. These can be helpful as a person and as a family during your stay at home.
Things to do as a person
If you wonder, what are the things to do for me during the lockdown, there are some activities you can try. You can try making your fitness better. There are a lot of exercises you can try from home. Search online or ask from a friend or a colleague through the mobile. You will find surprising ways of making your fitness better.
If you were stuck with work more often, now you have all the time on Earth to try something you were passionate about to do. Lockdown is the best time to pick a hobby for yourself. Read a book, watch a movie, as you have enough time to do the research. There’s no harm in trying something new.
Plan the future
With the lockdown, you have plenty of time to plan the way ahead of your life. Try to be positive and look forward to career development, business opportunities, and plan accordingly. Take a notebook and make a mind map. It will be useful for you.
Reconnect with the people in your life
You may haven’t much time to contact your old friends and relations who are living far away from you. Pick the phone and call them, ask, “how are you,” be honest and say, “I missed you.” They will love it. The time during the lockdown is a golden opportunity for you to widen your inner circle.
Things to do as a family
There are things to do as a family during the lockdown. As everyone in the family is free, this is an excellent time to share a movie. They miss the joy of having arguments over characters, incidents in the film. Use the time during the lockdown to strengthen the bond between the family members.
If there is vacant space in your garden, this time you can use to plant some flowers, vegetables in your garden. Get together and make some flower beds. The joy of seeing plants grow day by day, worth more than a million dollars.
During the lockdown, all the family members can plan the arrangement of the home and the surroundings. Doing the household chores together will refreshen the memories you had within the house over the years.
Share knowledge and experiences
Since there are different members of the family representing different generations, this is the high time to share the ideas, experiences with each other. Ask the elders for advice, and they will love to provide you with valuable insight.
It is important to stay home and respect the laws to avoid Coronavirus spreading within the community. Try to follow social distancing as much as you can. It will be for the sake of you, your family, and your country.