R developed a high fever late Saturday night. It lingered on and off into Sunday, so he is home from school on Monday.
R — I can’t go to school because I have a cough, right Mom?
Mom — No, not really. You’re not going to school because you had a fever yesterday.
R — Oh…
Mom — You can’t go to school for 24 hours after you’ve had a fever.
R — For twenty-four hours?!
Mom — That’s what the rule says.
R — What ruler?
Mom — The rule. That’s the rule we have to follow everywhere.
R — In the whole United States?
Mom — I would guess so.
R — Why do we have to wait for 24 hours?
Mom — Truthfully, I’m not sure why it’s 24 hours, but I suspect it has to do with being contagious.
R — Maybe so the germs can run away?