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Conspiracy theories won’t help stop COVID

I am an LPN and have worked on COVID-19 units and nursing homes the last

10 years. I currently work at Garvey Manor.

I would like to respond to Clay O’Shell’s claim in a story about the Tyrone Area School District in Thursday’s Mirror.

O’Shell claimed there should be religious exceptions to protecting children from a deadly airborne virus.

I would like to refute his claims that mask wearing is causing carnage.

It is imperative these misguided parents realize what we in the health care field take seriously.

Recent articles have been full of fairy tails and conspiracy theories. This is what I would like to say to the Tyrone school board and other boards in the region.

People say they show faith, but aren’t showing it by their actions.

Do they understand how an airborne transmission works? Transmission of an infectious disease through small particles suspended in air is known as airborne transmission. Prevention of airborne transmission includes wearing masks.

Masks lower the risk of infection as they slow the air flow between two or more people. O’Shell claims that mask mandates are indoctrination and propaganda.

He claims that wearing masks is political theater.

Does he say the same thing when he gets in a car and puts on a seatbelt?

I implore the Tyrone Area School Board not to listen to conspiracy theories and fairy tales and instead listen to science and reason.

They are asking you not to protect their children but to put their children at risk, not just in the short term but in the long term. Health care professionals are getting burned out, myself included, because of the conspiracy theories and fairy tales that O’Shell and those like him are telling you.

Protect our children.

Protect our grandparents.

Wear a mask and get vaccinated.

Imagine if only 50% of the population received the polio vaccine. Roll your sleeve up and get the shot.

Because it’s a matter of life and death.

Jesse Pellow

Hollidaysburg

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