Cancel school within the Bay Area in California

Cancel school within the Bay Area in California

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Matthew Wheeler started this petition to Gavin Newsom

Due to recent developments of the new virus, COVID-19, or more colloquially known as the "corona virus", school should be cancelled in order to protect the health of the population.

With an R0, or infection rate of 2.5 - 3 people per 1 person, an R0 which is almost as high, or infectious as the 2003 SARS epidemic, many people can become infected with a disease that is completely new, and has already caused 20

deaths within the USA, and even more localized, the disease has reached into the Santa Clara County, with over 30 cases according to local health experts seen by KRON4 news on March 8th. Although people within the school age range are less susceptible to death by COVID-19, we put many others in danger, such as the teachers, our families, as well as students, who can then spread it to even more people. It is a disease that has the ability to transmit through touching one who is infected, and even through the air, through the respiratory droplets caused by a sneeze or a cough. Even then, people are not aware of their sickness until two weeks from contracting it. This is amplified even more by allergy season, where people can mistake most sneezes as just allergies. By continuing school, we put more people at risk against an infectious disease that has the potential to kill.

As events that schools would usually host around this time have been cancelled due to health fears, why should school become any different? By cancelling school, we can decrease the amount of people affected by this disease, and prevent the virus from spread until a vaccine is finished with its development. It decreases the amount of exposure students have with other people, as well as decreasing the already rising amount of cases of COVID-19 within the Bay Area.

As a student, I am concerned for my health, as well as the staff members within the school district, and will ripple out to other adults or student related to these people. I am put into classrooms with up to 30 or even 40 students in the same room for almost an hour, and as stated before, we cannot realize that we have come in contact with someone who has the COVID-19 until their symptoms show up after two weeks. This zoonotic, infectious and unknown, airborne disease can be extremely dangerous due to the lack of the vaccine, which is why for the sake of my health and others, school should be cancelled until health concerns die down.

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