The fast-spreading omicron variant has snarled schools and made this return from the holidays particularly difficult. As record numbers of California children have tested positive for COVID and even been hospitalized, many students and teachers are reluctant to return to the classroom, especially without adequate protection and safety protocols. We’ll check in with an Oakland student organizer about a petition that’s gained over a thousand signatures to boycott classes until demands over safety are met. And, as omicron looks to be nearing its peak, we talk with experts about what to expect in the next few weeks, and what lies beyond. Given all we know now, given how tired we all are, what would count as “winning” when the next surge hits?
Battered by Omicron Surge, Schools and Youth Confront a Future with COVID
Ximena Santana, student organizer, MetWest High School
Dr. Celine Gounder, internist and infectious diseases specialist and epidemiologist; host and producer of the podcasts "American Diagnosis" and "Epidemic," which focus on the coronavirus pandemic
Lee Atkinson-McEvoy, clinical professor of pediatrics, UCSF Benioff Children¹s Hospital, San Francisco