#childsafety | Opinion | Wrangling Over Herd Immunity and Masks as Covid Cases Keep Rising

I know which freedom I want. Mr. Tomasky is right. The liberals need to talk about it.

Connie Howard
Palo Alto, Calif.

To the Editor:

There are, of course, millions of Americans who say they are “pro life,” believe that life begins at conception and don’t believe that a woman has a right to choose. Many of these same people refuse a mask mandate that saves lives, because it violates their right to choose.

Lawrence Levy
Los Angeles

To the Editor:

As a physician I see that signs in stores, pronouncements from public health officials and news coverage are focused almost entirely on mask wearing and no longer stress handwashing. This is a fatal public health failure.

Respiratory disease precautions involve both masks and handwashing! A restaurant worker who is not sick and wearing gloves receives a credit card from a person with the virus. That person processes the credit card but does not wash hands or gloves, then proceeds to contaminate the next card, then contaminates the menus, water glasses, the ketchup. Going from table to table it’s possible to infect many other people.

Cleanse your hands when touching anything another person has recently touched. Wash hands or gloves between every single customer. We are well on our way to another full-blown pandemic, with thousands more dying each day. Public health authorities are asleep at the switch in terms of handwashing. Wake up!

Thomas F. Kline
Raleigh, N.C.

To the Editor:

Re “Children Feel as Empty as the Fields They Used to Roam,” by Kurt Streeter (Sports of The Times, Oct. 12):

The decline in youth participation in sports stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic is troubling, given what we know about the physical and mental health benefits of playing sports. It’s especially disappointing to me, an Olympic swimmer, that the virus forced pool closings, as it affected not only children training to be competitive swimmers, but also the safety of all children.

Pools provide access to lifesaving resources year-round, like swim lessons, which can reduce a child’s risk of drowning by nearly 90 percent. This is notable, considering that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children 1 to 4 years old, with swimming-pool deaths of African-American children 5 to 19 years old occurring at a rate more than five times that of Caucasian children.

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