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Bret R. Williams of BRW Law Group. (Courtesy photo) Bret R. Williams of BRW LawGroup. (Courtesy photo)

Recently in London, a 47-year-old railway ticket officer who had underlying respiratory problems, died from COVID-19 less than two weeks after a member of the public intentionally coughed and spat on her. The assailant announced to the railway officer that he was infected with COVID-19 and left. I found the incident appalling and asked myself, “Is this any different than if she were shot or stabbed to death?” Is it just as accurate to say that the railway ticket officer was “shot” with COVID-19, as sure as if it were a .45 caliber pistol? What if someone or some group decided to “spray the room” or engineer a mass attack using COVID-19? Should there be a federal law prohibiting such use or threatened use of this deadly virus? I say, “yes.”

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