The 65 is the magic number where the rate seeems to tick up but still nearly always with vulnerable pre-existing conditions. There aren't that many people in the schools over that age. Those that are need to make a decision. If they are in good health they have less to worry about even being older. If they are not in good health they stay home or shift their duties to be isolated. A principal doesn't have to be within 6 feet of anyone for long periods of time if they are at risk. A curriculum specialist doesn't have to be within 6 feet of someone. Heck, even teachers don't have to be. We were able to keep all the box stores open without much of a problem.
If we don't get society back to functional we are in trouble and not just economically. There is a mental health crisis coming and fast. Think about all those kids that are now woefully behind. Think about all those kids that only come to school for band or athletics or metal shop or choir or theater. You have kids behind and then you take away the only thing that actually interests them in school?
You cannot quarantine everyone. Which is why we need to accelerate the exposure rate for those that aren't at risk. The fastest way to protect the vulnerable is not a vaccine that may or may not work. It's killing the ability for the virus to have a host. So yes, I am willing to take a risk while we volunteer the vulnerable to stay home so that the masses can return because I truly believe people will be in real trouble if we keep everyone at home to protect the over 65 crowd, (that overwhelmingly is less impacted mentally or financially from staying home).
And remember, of that 108900 additional deaths that would happen in a perfect storm with no other factors weakening the virus and changing the trajectory, (as more people get it the transmission rate drops because there are fewer carriers so logically the rate of infection would go down. Especially if symptomatic cases would stay the freak home. There are fewer people to catch and spread as more people have antibodies slowing the new cases...), how many of those deaths would have happened anyway from other causes? Not to be crass or sound heartless but we are spiking suicide hotlines and domestic abuse hotlines so there has to be a balance on which life we are trying to save....
We are seeing an uptick in positive, asymptomatic cases now that college athletes are back on campus. They get it now and by August you have 60 to 70% of the team with antibodies. Now the team has herd immunity and sports become less risky. Unless we try and stay locked up with only 5% of the population being exposed.... We just drag this thing out.
I know some of us are cautious and would prefer to stay home until there is a vaccine. Maybe those people are right. I'm not that person though and see things through a different lens.