Recently I have heard many people complaining about losing their freedom due to requirements to wear a face mask in public. In this country our great freedoms come with great responsibility. During the pandemic it is your responsibility to wear a face mask in public and practice social distancing. By being responsible we are more likely to retain our freedoms.
It is not asking a lot to wear a face mask in public. I remember my mother talking about all the sacrifices and restrictions during World War II. She didn’t make it sound like it was an inconvenience, but a privilege to contribute to the war effort. During the 1940s and 1950s, there were many polio epidemics that swept through this country. Swimming pools were closed, people were warned to stay out of crowds, among other restrictions to keep the public safe. Behaving responsibly paved the way for the introduction of a vaccine to prevent polio.
I like to think that today’s generations have the same dedication to the common good and saving the lives of their fellow citizens, and will be responsible so that in the future we can welcome a vaccine that will put an end to COVID-19.