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Our schools struggle to become safe, and our community sits at the highest threat level available for the COVID-19 virus. The good news is that we know how to fix this. We know what to do, and it will not be expensive. This is not an issue for a plebiscite. You don’t get to vote on public health issues where experts agree on the proper approach. Our taxes pay for experts at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and at this moment, they recommend vaccination as “the leading public health prevention strategy” for everyone who is eligible, and recommend indoor masking by all students, staff, teachers, and visitors in schools.
Steve Edwards, CEO of Cox Health in Springfield, Missouri, recently tweeted, "If you are making wildly disparaging comments about the vaccine, and have no public health experience, you may be responsible for someone's death. Shut up!" The implication of this quote is that for dealing with the new delta variant of COVID-19, we should listen to the experts and keep our opinions to ourselves.
Robert Burney, MD