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Be brave. Wear a mask.

Someone made a comment to me the other day that got me thinking. He said that to not wear a mask is a sign of weakness, and that it is an act of bravery in this political atmosphere to wear one. I had not thought of it this way before. An act of bravery, for some conservatives who may feel peer pressure to stand with President Donald Trump.

I work at a grocery store. While some retailers have taken it into their own hands to require them, it is very difficult to enforce. My company chose not to require that customers wear masks. It has provided every employee with them, implemented a sanitation program, marked the floors with social distancing guides, offered free masks to everyone at the entryway, and posted guidelines there.

My husband is a heart failure patient. If I get COVID-19, and transmit it to him, he will most likely die. If I quit my job, I lose the company health insurance I need for my own health issues.

Fewer of our customers are now wearing masks. Complaining about them, and openly hostile. I come home from work disgusted, scared, angry and questioning whether I should quit and how I could make that work. Will I be able to live with myself if my choice leads to a tragic result?

There is no question that masks reduce the transmission of COVID-19. I want my husband to live. I want to live.

Stephanie Berry

La Porte City

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