Impossible Choices for Caretakers at Academic Institutions

So, I (Liz McCullagh), along with my 2 year old, got COVID two weeks ago right before the start of the semester. I got COVID right as I was helping to write a piece with 500 Women Scientists about the impossible choices caretakers are having to take right now without vaccine protection for our little ones and increasing COVID cases across the country due to the Delta variant – https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/academic-institutions-must-do-better-to-protect-caregivers-this-fall/

I am still playing catch up from having to move my class online for the first two sessions. Thank goodness my symptoms were super mild (as were the 2 year olds – thanks vaccines and breastfeeding!). Thanks everyone for their patience over the last two weeks and over the next ???. Things don’t have to be this way – but we aren’t doing enough to support our academic communities.