Stories of personal protective equipment distribution failures for Utah schools are not uncommon and are inexcusable. KN95 masks are in short supply.
Dr. Brian Moench, president of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, has warned, “In order to have even a small chance to open up safely, schools must have a huge new source of funds to upgrade filtering and ventilation systems, to keep class sizes small, buy new air purifiers, plexiglass barriers, and ensure supplies of masks, gloves and disinfectants.”
An Aug. 9 MarketWatch article stated that 55% of COVID-19 patients still have neurological problems three months later and that 20% of persons aged 18-34 have not returned to their previous state of health.
New research shows 5-year-olds carry 10 to 100 times the amount of the virus as an adult in their nose. The virus spread in Georgia has schools already closing after only two weeks; we are headed for a similar fate.
Doctors wear a mask in the operating room 10 hours a day so they don’t infect their patients. There is no constitutional right to infect others with COVID-19 that seriously impairs their health or can kill them.
Please care enough about others to wear a mask. The life you save could be your own.
Salt Lake City