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Julie Forbus <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 8 Feb 2021 09:11:01 -0500
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I agree, Holly.

I can believe that COVID is real and deadly, which I do, and still  
question whether or not the practices put in place almost a year  
ago--when we had absolutely no idea how the virus was transmitted--are  
still necessary.

My additional two cents.

Madison Public

Quoting Holly Williams <[log in to unmask]>:

> This article was from December. "...we suggest fomite spread may not  
> be a significant means of transmission for severe acute respiratory  
> syndrome coronavirus 2 in real-world operational scenarios."
> It's ok to be careful. We should be. But it doesn't make sense to  
> keep doing things that do not need to be done. Like the excessive  
> cleaning. Dr. Howard Jones from Northern Light was part of a webinar  
> yesterday and he stated that much of the constant cleaning and deep  
> cleaning of places was "only important for public optics." So we  
> make folks feel better but it doesn't really do anything.
> I understand about making folks feel better, but if we're about  
> finding facts and not fake news, then we should walk the walk.
> My 2 cents.
> Holly Williams
> Library Director
> Pittsfield Public Library
> 110 Library St.
> Pittsfield ME 04967
> (207) 487-5880
> Quoting "[log in to unmask]"  
> <[log in to unmask]>:
>> Thank you, Jennifer Gaenzle for speaking your mind and saying  
>> pretty much how I am feeling about this. If we have been so careful  
>> for so long why would we stop being careful now when we are  
>> beginning to get the population vaccinated? I am still being as  
>> careful as possible because COVID-19 has taken a couple of family  
>> members and other people that I know. It is real and we need to be  
>> vigilant.
>> Heidi
>> Davis Memorial Library
>>> On Feb 4, 2021, at 4:06 PM, Jennifer Gaenzle  
>>> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> This article was published months ago, long before the newest,  
>>> more easily transmissible variant appeared.
>>> If this were a disease that was sickness and then gone, such as  
>>> the flu or cold, without leaving behind proven long term health  
>>> issues and such a devastating death toll, it would make me think  
>>> differently about handling things. But with such long reaching  
>>> implications of the massive amounts of extended health issues that  
>>> we are just starting to see and the number of deaths that have  
>>> already happened, I'd still rather go with better safe than sorry.
>>> Articles like this tend to worry me that people are being  
>>> shortsighted about the long term results of trying to get back to  
>>> normal faster. I don't think people are thinking about the toll on  
>>> the mental health and physical health of all those that are now  
>>> going to have live with possibly years of health issues, death of  
>>> loved ones, especially those that feel they are responsible for a  
>>> death of a loved one because of passing it on, and the stress all  
>>> of that is going to continue to put on our health care systems and  
>>> insurance for years to come. We have been blessed to lived in a  
>>> world of  "I want it now" for so many years, that we find it hard  
>>> to have patience.
>>> Jenn
>>> Jennifer Gaenzle
>>> Fort Fairfield Public Library Director
>>> 339 Main Street
>>> Fort Fairfield, ME 04742
>>> 207-472-3880
>>> [log in to unmask]
>>> Website and Card Catalog –
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Maine Libraries Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>  
>>> On Behalf Of David Smith
>>> Sent: Thursday, February 4, 2021 3:04 PM
>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>> Subject: [MELIBS-L] "Exaggerated risk of transmission of COVID-19  
>>> by fomites"
>>> Hello,
>>> Here’s a potential ray of hope from Lancet Infectious Diseases:
>>> Exaggerated risk of transmission of COVID-19 by fomites  
>>> But, it is still a bad idea to lick the books. 😊
>>> Thanks,
>>> [Thomas College]
>>> David Smith
>>> Associate Director of Library Services
>>> 180 W River Rd, Waterville, ME 04901
>>> (207) 859-1235
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>> Heidi Libby, Mary Braley, Sybil Shiland & Lea Sutton
>> Davis Memorial Library
>> 928 Cape Road
>> Limington, ME 04049
>> 207.637.2422
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