Letter to the Editor

Wear a mask

Monday, November 23, 2020

It was Greek physician Hippocrates (living some 400 years prior to Jesus), who is alleged to have said: "Desperate times call for desperate measures." I'm not sure he was looking ahead some 24 centuries, but his words ring true in 2020. When it comes to wearing a face covering/mask in public, we note the desperation in our governor's request, as well as in the urging of local, county, state and federal health officials. They are pointing out how important it is that we take seriously this public health measure. To mask is to mitigate. It doesn't cure anything. If we don't mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we are inviting increased numbers of casualties.

Some argue that we should respect the unmasked, as they are merely making a personal decision not to mask. I would argue that it is much more than a "personal" choice. Without knowing they are healthy or not, they are deciding they don't need to don a mask to keep me, and others they encounter safe. I wear one to help keep you safe. Please reciprocate. These are desperate times. I know of no deaths attributed to wearing a mask. It is simple, easy and at least shows that the wearer wants to do his/her part to slow the spread. Just do it!

Bill Kersting, Spencer