Letters to the Editor

Wear your mask to save lives

I’ve heard a man say, “I don’t have to wear a mask, I’m a Republican,” as if COVID-19 cares about your politics. I’ve also heard a woman say she refuses to wear a mask because it’s a symbol of fear, as if the virus cares about that. The virus doesn’t care about politics, faith, or whether restricting behavior is constitutional. We need to face facts. The virus is bringing down the economy, education, the country as a whole and making us vulnerable. And no one is exempt. With so many in the country dying from it you have to have your head in the sand to deny it.

Truth be told, I hate masks too. I hate the lack of freedom and wondering when I’ll get to hug my family again, or if. But COVID is a fact of life and when what you can do is limited, common sense says you do what you can. Masks may not be a guarantee, but we need to wear masks for the same reason doctors and nurses wear them in hospitals in certain circumstances to keep from spreading germs.

It’s time that people stopped the rebellion against those who care who are trying to save lives. Stop whining and clogging the courts with lawsuits, and do what we have to do while waiting for a vaccine.

I hate masks and restrictions as much as anyone, but much more than that I hate mourning the loss of my beloved daughter to this disease.

Margaret Bartlett

Cedar Rapids

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