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Our health care workers have been performing heroically. I think few of us are aware of the sacrifices they are making, how difficult their work and lives have become.

If there is a second wave in the coronavirus pandemic, it's problematic that our health care system will be able to cope with it. Health care workers are already exhausted and stressed out from the extremely difficult and dangerous demands which have been placed on them.

I think our leaders are being too liberal in relaxing restraints on dangerous activities. For example, if 18 people are infected and hospitalized it will require four health care workers per patient to care for them, that’s 72 nurses, doctors, and staff… who are already extremely overworked.

We need to deal with this problem in a realistic manner, "better safe than sorry." It's much better to provide economic support for people who work in businesses that need to stay closed until the pandemic is over and a vaccine is developed.

John Niemi
Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture

The opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are the writer’s own and do not necessarily reflect the policies of The Japan Times.