Today’s read is from Elizabeth Pinsky, a pediatrician and a child psychiatrist at Massachusetts General, the #1 Research Hospital in America.
Here’s a brief excerpt before the entire column.
“One death is too many,” one distressed teacher said at a school-committee meeting. I won’t argue with that. But physicians are trained to weigh the risks and benefits not just of treatment but also of nontreatment. To focus only on the downside of reopening is to ignore the significant risks of staying closed: mental illness, hunger, physical inactivity, undetected child abuse, the trauma that results from witnessing violence.
Adults should grow up and postpone their pleasures so that children can have things they need—structure, community, friends, food security, social and emotional enrichment, health and safety monitoring, and, yes, education.