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Cartoon 'nonsense' about Dr. Fauci could cost lives

At a time when far too many people (even if it is a minority in Connecticut) are skeptical about COVID-19 vaccines or even reject them altogether, it was highly irresponsible for The Day to publish an editorial cartoon by H. Payne (May 3) that, in effect mocks vaccinations, protective masking and, too, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the very distinguished physician who has been at the forefront in fighting COVID-19, as well as a number of other infectious diseases in the last decades. It should be underscored that Dr. Fauci and his colleagues at the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), like those at the Centers for Disease Control, base their recommendations on the most advanced science available, including notably knowledge of disease vectors and effective preventative measures, including vaccines. To spread dangerous nonsense, as did the cartoonist, can only make eliminating COVID-19 more difficult and, thereby, cost lives and livelihoods. I suggest that The Day apologize to its readers for having published that cartoon and distance the newspaper from the cartoon’s display of ignorance.

S.J.D. Schwartzstein




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