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Schools reopening face-to-face

Because I believe that teachers and students will be more at risk to contract the COVID-19 virus if they are required to return to school reopening face-to-face this fall. I’d like to make it absolutely clear that I disagree with schools reopening in September. My opinion is based on accepting the following clear and uncontested facts:

1. There is currently no vaccine for the virus.

2. There are currently no clear treatments for the virus.

3. Current data concerning children contracting and transmitting the virus are minimal at best. Look at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Highlights include “more research and evaluation is needed on the implementation of mitigation strategies (e.g., social distancing, cloth face coverings, hand hygiene, and use of cohorting) used in schools to determine which strategies are the most effective.”

Students, teachers and school staff members are not guinea pigs and must not risk being used as human test subjects to gather this data.

We all must recognize and understand that we are dealing with a nasty novel virus that has not gone away; it does not discriminate its victims based on age differences, political parties, religious beliefs, skin color, sexual orientation, intellectual differences or conspiracy theories; if given the slightest opportunity, this virus will infect any or all of us.

It is also my firm belief that the only acceptable number of deaths due to COVID-19 must be zero.

I truly hope and pray that I’m wrong about what I believe may well happen as schools reopen face-to-face this fall.

NORMAN A. CLO

Gloversville

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