Letter: We must follow health protocols to be safe from the pandemic


“It’s one of the many risks we face, but what makes the virus different is that we don’t want to pass the disease on to people who are more vulnerable than ourselves. – Faye Flam, Bloomberg News

This is of course the challenge the country (and the whole world) faces regarding COVID. From presentations made by speakers at the School District 206 Board of Directors meeting on Monday evening, this apparently should be a matter of little importance in our schools. Most of the presenters claimed that their children should not have to wear masks to school and that it is in fact harmful to their health. There seemed to be little to no concern for a disease that has killed 700,000 people in this country and infected one in 9 of the total population. In other words, what pandemic?

Some claimed that the microscopic size of the virus made masking irrelevant. But it is not the size of the virus that determines effective masking, it is the size of the air particles (usually water) that carry the virus from one individual to another (by breathing and breathing). speaking).

Some claimed that children were unlikely to catch the disease, let alone die from it. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children now represent 26.7% of all new cases. This explains why it is difficult, if not impossible, to find substitute teachers and bus drivers.

If we want to be safe from this pandemic, this can only be done by the entire population by following health protocols. Trend lines indicate that people will need to be masked and / or vaccinated to get jobs, board planes or cruise ships, enter sports or entertainment venues, enter restaurants and other business ventures. , or enroll in university.

I commend the school board for its actions to keep our children healthy.

Tom obert

Alexandria, Minnesota

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