Letter to the Editor: Dancing with Death

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

To the Editor:

Unfortunately, too many folks in Shoreline are going out and about, and into stores without wearing a mask. This puts others at risk.

Even if a person is asymptomatic, they can transmit this virus, and most people do not know if they are asymptomatically ill with COVID.

This is a deadly virus, much more serious than the 1918-19 Spanish flu, transmitted very easily to other people, with viral droplets lasting three hours minimally in indoor spaces, and permeating the air even outside. It is expensive to treat, with no guarantee that an individual will survive.

It is likely to last a long time, perhaps until next summer.

People who do not acknowledge the lethality of this pandemic are dancing with Death, who is wearing a corona. Please practice protective strategies for yourself and others.

Gini Paulsen


Anonymous,  July 15, 2020 at 5:56 PM  

Well put, Gini! Wearing a mask not only helps you from catching, but also from distributing the virus. Since some are asymptomatic, this is particularly crucial! Even if you're not a carrier, an asymptomatic carrier can be of a medium risk to you if they're not wearing a mask.

Anonymous,  July 17, 2020 at 9:16 AM  

Thank you for your comment! I wish to go 1 step further: Please be sure that your mask fits properly! Nose cleavage means those infectious aerosol droplets can escape! A mask is not a fashion statement. It should not be below the nose, nor should there be gaps around the nose or elsewhere. It should have a bendable 'clasp' that you pinch at the bridge of your nose (up by your eyes - not at your nostrils). Be smart! Be safe! and help our community!

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