Here's an excellent article from The Washington Post by a retired professor who typically cares for her grandkids after school. Last week, she was "laid off" from this job for her own protection.

Here’s an excellent article from The Washington Post by a retired professor who typically cares for her grandkids after school. Last week, she was “laid off” from this job for her own protection.

“We are closing schools to limit the spread of covid-19 and, at the same time, telling older people, who are most vulnerable to the virus, to avoid children, who are less likely to fall ill but very likely to be carriers,” writes Victoria Bissell Brown, who taught American history at Grinnell College in Iowa. “We have not yet reckoned with the collision of these two public health efforts.”

“Without a decent, affordable child-care system, flexible work hours and paid sick leave, the over-65 population is propping up families all over the United States by performing essential child care for free. Remove those grandparents from the family system, and we get yet another breakdown in our social system. Don’t remove them, and you may kill [them.] Paradoxically, we constitute the labor force that parents most need right now. How do families decide what to do?”

Read the whole article here.