I was fortunate in my career to work for Hennepin County epidemiology. A pandemic was imminent, as one seems to come every 100 years. We have been a very fortunate species to have avoided one this long.

If the health experts tell me to put two rubber plugs in my nostrils, put on gloves up to my elbows, and wear a hat with a plastic shield that goes to my waist, then that's what I will do to save my life.

I want to interview those struggling to breathe in ICUs and ask them whether mask mandates are a bad idea. What infuriates me is the disregard of those who don't wear masks and go home to their loved ones and infect them. Then their loved ones die and they go sobbing on TV: “I lost my Nana!” “I didn't know this could happen!”

Put on your big-boy or big-girl pants, and put your mask on. Some act like the mask is on their face 24/7. If we don’t wear masks now, maybe the reality will be having to wear one 24/7. Those who don’t wear masks may be faced with the reality that they alone caused someone to get sick. They could be left to lament, “I and no one else caused this to my family, my friends, my co-workers, or my favorite clerk at the store.”

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Linda Johnson

Brook Park, Minnesota