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For children, going back to school is usually a time of excitement and uncertainty before new teachers, new classrooms, new classmates.

For parents, this year is the cause of a new anxiety: by sending them to school, are we turning children into vectors of contagion? The recommendations from scientists and experience from various countries they can help to face the question, but there are still more questions than answers. So far no country has reopened schools with the infection levels prevailing in the United States.

“It looks like we’re playing Russian roulette with our kids and our staff,” said a New Jersey nurse who is on a committee to decide how to reopen schools.

Is reactivation possible without killing teachers and parents? Professor Shardha Jogee believes that there is a way to do it.

And, in another type of teaching, pediatrician Perri Klass reflects on successful strategies for promoting habits such as consistently wearing a seat belt or condom. Klass believes that from there we can learn valuable lessons to popularize the mask and make it a necessary habit. (One key, as good teachers know, is empathy.)

– Elda Cantú

I wrote to Patricia Mazzei, the head of the correspondent in Miami to ask him how he anticipates the station.

As hurricane season approaches, I start making lists: How many batteries do I have? (Never enough). Do I need to buy more bottled water? (Yes always). Preparation and worry are almost as stressful as the storm itself.

But I never imagined thinking of a hurricane in the middle of a pandemic. Social distancing does not exist in shelters for those forced to leave their homes.

I think I’m not going to know what to do this year until I have to. 2020 has taught us not to be too optimistic.


The Amazon River is a brilliant waterway that runs through South America, a natural and cultural treasure. During the pandemic, as in other painful episodes in its history, it is also a path through which the virus and death travel. Join our journalists on an interactive trip along the river in Brazil.


Before you go, enjoy this postcard

Despite their name, Panama hats are Ecuadorian. I invite you to visit the world of an elite of survivors who continue to weave and iron in a traditional way a garment that, writes Roff Smith “it is both a work of art and a fashion accessory”.