Give covid scofflaws what they deserve
Here’s an idea for all the pinheads who think requiring a mask infringes on their freedom and all those government entities that have failed to pass sensible mask mandates.
Make a list of all of them and put them “dead last” on receiving vaccines.
Stefanik is putting MAGA crowd first
I have always been disgusted by Rep. Elise Stefanik’s support of Donald Trump, but signing her name to the Texas amicus brief to the Supreme Court calling to overturn the results of the presidential election is absolutely outrageous.
Every single claim of fraud etc. has been debunked, and none of the lawsuits have gone anywhere.
She is supporting a coup attempt by a desperate, wicked, lawless man.
So much for “making America great again.”
It would be much more honorable for her to stand up for democracy and support the Constitution by defending the election results and educating her benighted supporters on how, and especially why, democracy works and that it is imperative in order for a civil society to function.
Ms. Stefanik needs to give up her white grievance politics and support all of her constituents, not just the MAGA crowd.
Look at risks of in-person schooling
The need to adopt effective strategies to suppress our surging COVID-19 pandemic lends urgency to the question of whether schools should be open or closed.
Infection risks at schools may be lower than at students’ homes.
Many New Yorkers therefore advocate keeping non-residential elementary, middle and high schools open.
This reasoning is simplistic and invalid.
Non-residential schools might be kept open if incremental risks are acceptably low, and if the benefits are deemed to justify the infection risks. They should not be kept open simply because school risks are lower than home risks.
Infection risks at residential schools versus homes differ in being independent.
Those risks can be compared to decide whether instruction should be on-campus or remote.
If risks are lower on campus, students living there would be safer, and colleges could hold in-person classes.
Analogous reasoning is invalid for non-residential schools.
Their students attend school for only part of the day, but they live at home.
This nexus brings school risks to homes, and home risks to schools.
Non-residential schools cannot be opened or closed based upon risk comparison, because the risks are entangled, and are therefore (at least) additive.
Such co-mingling promotes risk enhancement and community spread.
Dr. Robert A. Michaels
The writer is president and toxicological health risk assessor at RAM TRAC Corporation.
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