Tuesday, May 26, 2020
May 26, 2020

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Letter: Testing, masks are needed


Without widespread, accurate tests, we do not know the true size of this pandemic. Experts are currently assuming the survival rate at 95 percent or higher. It is then understandable your desire to get back to some form of “normalcy.”

But for those of us with compromised immune systems, that statistic is reversed. I have no doubt that if I contract the virus, I will die. So, until there is a widely available, effective vaccine, I, and those like me, will continue to shelter in place. Each person I come near is like an assassin that carries the bullet that could kill me.

The experts also tell us that wearing a mask does little to protect the wearer but significantly reduces the risk of infecting other people near the wearer. Since COVID-19 can be asymptomatic, you don’t know if you are a carrier. Wearing a mask communicates to those around you that you are doing your part to stop this virus and that you care about their safety. I wear a mask because I don’t want to be someone else’s assassin.

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