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Letters: We all have role in putting out COVID fire

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We all have role in putting out COVID fire

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While I concur with Haldimand Mayor Ken Hewitt’s take that our hospitals may provide fewer ICU beds than in the USA, (Reformer Tuesday Jan 3, 2022) and that we may lack in providing services to citizens, I would respectfully add my own suggestions as to the increases in illness and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 and the variants.

The Omicron variant spreads quicker than all other variants, due mainly to those who refuse to wear masks, who wear the mask improperly with noses exposed, and those who wear ridiculous cobbled up masks that slip down and expose noses.

Also include those who refuse to get vaccinated, continue to believe the misinformation on social media and spread this Science of YouTube, those who must visit friends who may or may not be infected or vaccinated, who do not take their health and safety seriously or that of their families and friends.

Smokey the Bear says “Only you can prevent forest fires” ‑ well the COVID fire will continue to rage on unless we all work to put it out.

Please don’t pout because we are in a worse place than we were a year ago. Support local businesses that are affected again by lockdowns, stay home, get a shot, wear a mask and be proactive. If not, we will not be getting together at Easter I fear.

Dorothy Cloet

Waterford

Gov’t has failed to make classrooms safe

Medical experts agree students should be in classrooms to promote learning and good mental health. Scientific experts say schools should be a safe learning environment with proper COVID-19 protocols in place.

Unfortunately, all classrooms in Ontario are not safe right now. Proper physical distancing is not maintained, safe ventilation systems are not in place and safe masks are not available to staff and students.

Doug Ford’s government has known for the past two years that classrooms needed to be made safer yet this has not been addressed.

Their attitude seems to be: Get everyone vaccinated and this will solve the problem. This is proving to be a gross mistake. COVID protocols must be in place, too.

I agree that students need to be in classrooms — when it is safe to be there.

Freda Goulet
Brantford

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