To the editor,
British Columbians are doing well through this pandemic largely because of outstanding leadership and a supportive public. The United States has demonstrated how bizarre leadership reflects on public response. My grandchildren live in Houston, Texas, and I’m painfully informed on how rapidly this virus can spread in a poorly informed or uncooperative population.
For most of us, we can live pretty normal lives with some inconvenience. I reduce my shopping trips but purchase more during my fewer trips. When I know social distancing will be problematic, I wear a mask.
I ask, plead, with everyone to not become complacent with all the good we’ve done. I know we have a long way to go to hit the levels of the U.S. I am also encouraged by the talk of promising vaccines in the news. The reality is that most of us have been aware of the virus for less than six months and you can be sure it will be at least six months before you and I will have an effective needle in our arms.
I wear a mask to keep my germs from you. When you wear a mask, we both win. I know masks can be an annoyance at first. I have a big head which exacerbated the annoyance. However, masks are now readily available in a variety of configurations.They are plentiful, cheap and effortless to wear. Please, please do your part, wear a mask and tell this to everyone in your realm of influence.
Don Andersen, Nanaimo
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