Dear Editor,

As a person who was in the prime of youth and physical condition, yet still contracted the H2N2 respiratory virus during the pandemic of 1957 that killed almost two million people worldwide, it can only be said, you don’t want to get it.

Surviving H2N2 wasn’t a given, COVID-19 is unpredictable and deadly, despite improved and more available medical care.

Unless businesses or agencies make it mandatory, wearing a mask or physical distancing is an individual choice.

Turning it into a political or belief issue misses the point. It isn’t a matter of fear of showing weakness, lack of manliness or freedom, or imitating a President’s inability to let go of his vanity. It isn’t some juvenile interpretation of liberty that means the right to do whatever one feels like no matter the effect on others. It is a matter of protecting the health and safety of oneself, families, and the general public, saving taxpayer and insurance dollars, maintaining medical systems at manageable levels, and minimizing pain and death. It’s responsible citizenship. Those qualities made America great, not the stock market. They’ve been lost in the shuffle the last four years.

If you want to appear uncaring or tough, tempting fate, that’s your choice. Many have and are now dead. But don’t put the lives of others in jeopardy by ignoring the advice of public health experts.

It’s possible some who would tempt fate have fairly uneventful lives and don’t care what happens to them, believe nothing can happen to them, or just aren’t paying attention. It’s not up to us to judge, but there are still lots of people who have many things they still want to do, Their safety should not be endangered, nor their lives put in jeopardy because of the carelessness or selfishness of others when pretty easy measures could have prevented it.

It is doubtful the above will be read by those it’s intended to reach, but if so, likely ignored anyway in the present atmosphere of us versus them division pushed so relentlessly by state TV, right-wing radio and TV talkers and the President himself.


David Larson