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County Leg leader urges residents to respect others by wearing a mask

Posted 23 July 2020 at 10:10 am

Editor:

A face mask is more than a piece of cloth. It’s a sign of respect. If you can wear a mask, you should do it. It shouldn’t be up for discussion.

If we can save one life, then wearing a mask at the supermarket for an hour or so has got to be entirely worth it.

Think about other people. You might not get sick from the coronavirus, but you might give it to someone else.

So what we need everybody to do is wear that mask. It’s just like wearing a seatbelt. It is important for everyone to realize we all have a role in containing this disease so hospital capacity remains at a manageable level.

There were questions about whether masks were necessary or effective in the early stages of the pandemic, but as knowledge of the virus has grown, the importance of masks has become clear.

Wear a mask. Keep your distance. Wash your hands. Practice safe living. Anything less is selfish.

Successfully navigating this pandemic doesn’t mean getting back to the status quo. It means addressing missed warning signs that defined the pre-covid world, and creating a better world to take its place.

Wearing a mask, ladies and gentleman, is respect.

Lynne Johnson

Lyndonville

Chairman of the Orleans County Legislature