I live in a wonderful neighborhood. As I take my daily walk there are fabulous yard signs, such as “In this house, we believe Black Lives Matter, Women’s Rights Are Human Rights, No Human Is Illegal, Science Is Real, Love Is Love, Kindness Is Everything.” For an hour, my walk allows me to shut out the hate and disrespect in the rest of the country.
I just do not get it. Why is it so hard to do the right and moral thing and wear a mask? This has been a political issue since this pandemic started. According to the Johns Hopkins University training for contact tracers, one person that is infected with COVID could infect two to three other people. Those two to three other people that have been infected with COVID could infect two to three more people and so on. It has also been scientifically proven that wearing a mask is the No. 1 way to help slow the spread of COVID. It is the No. 1 way to protect yourself and others.
To date, 536,000 people have died from COVID, and 29.6 million people have been infected with COVID. COVID has infected people of all races and ages. It spreads without warning and when someone goes outside without a mask, they are hurting themselves and others. Wearing a mask is not a political statement. It has nothing to do with being tough. It has to do with common decency. It has to do with doing the right thing.
If we want to stop the spread of COVID, wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands and when it is your turn roll up your sleeve and get the vaccine. Stay away from massive gatherings and stay smart. This is the moral and patriotic thing to do.
Credit: Sue Winthrop | Longmont