In recent weeks, I’ve listened to people defend their rights not to wear masks and social distance.
I’ve also worried about the safety of students, teachers, and staff who hope to go back to school on schedule this fall.
In a democracy, there is often tension between individual rights on the one hand, and the common good on the other, and this situation is a striking example.
It is enough to make an ordinary citizen feel helpless, but there is something the individual can do. The science is clear: in the absence of a vaccine and of proven treatments for COVID-19, the only defense we have is the practice of social distance, the use of masks, hand washing and avoiding unnecessary contacts.
We have a brief window of opportunity, a few short weeks before the beginning of school. If everyone would commit to wearing masks and other known defenses against the virus, we could stop the coronavirus in its tracks. By uniting for the benefit of students, teachers and staff, we all can do our part to make our schools safe.