The backlash over the president’s election-delay tweet, and demands to keep schools closed this fall

Utah officials adamantly rejected a proposal floated Thursday by President Donald Trump to delay the presidential election. Elected officials widely panned the tweet from the president, saying it was unnecessary while applauding the state’s vote-by-mail system.

The state’s largest teachers union is calling on Gov. Gary Herbert to keep Utah schools closed this fall — saying it’s too dangerous for educators and students to return while coronavirus cases remain high. Most school districts are offering hybrid options, where some students would come to class while others would be educated remotely. But many teachers remain concerned about their safety.

And how is the coronavirus transmitted from person to person? Three major modes of transmission show how science has evolved in ways the virus spreads, and what we can do to prevent it.

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