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To paraphrase the immortal bard, “To mask or not to mask. That is the question?”
Whether it is nobler to mask and prevent the deaths of 33,000 Americans by October, approximately the number of combat deaths in the Korean War, 1950-53, or continue to ignore experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci in favor of following the leadership of a man who suggested we drink bleach or lysol and insert lights into our bodies by some orifice. As to what orifice, guess we would have to ask Buffie Chug.
I am assuming by now that just about everyone understands that Covid-19 is spread person to person by droplets in respiration.
The University of Washington Institute for Health Metrica and Evaluation released a model with a range of 159,497 to 213,715 deaths nationwide. According to Institute Director Dr. Chris Murray, “mask wearing has a profound effect on the epidemic … an extremely low-cost, and for the individual, provide a 1/3–as high as one half–reduction in the risk of transmission ….at the community level, can save an extraordinary number of lives.” Dr. Fauci advises, “everybody should wear a mask when out in public. It should not be a political issue, it is a purely public health issue.
Forget the politics, look at the data.” Hey guys, drop the stupid factor, the virus is not a democrat or a republican and it doesn’t care what political party or fringe group you belong to. Biologists say it’s not even a living organism, it is a protein molecule that infects cells in your body.
In the final analysis, the CDC says, “a face covering may not protect the wearer, but it may keep the wearer from spreading the virus to others.” Yes, they may be uncomfortable and inconvenient but I would think the President and Vice President would consider that the lives of 33,000 Americans worth any sacrifices they might have to make.
Mary Kathryn Gepner