Letter: I ask you to wear a mask because I care

(Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo) Some shoppers wear masks while visiting City Creek Mall in Salt Lake City on Friday, June 26, 2020.

Fact: Wearing a mask saves lives.

Yet many look at mandatory mask-wearing as an infringement of their freedom. So being indoors or outdoors requires social distancing to prevent infection. If you cannot avoid people or guarantee social distancing, then wear a mask.

It is no wonder the virus is spreading.

For whatever reason a person does not wear a mask, it sends the message that they do not care. They do not care about their health, they do not care about the health of their family or a stranger, they do not care about the elderly’s health and they do not care about those with existing health conditions (whether family or stranger). They do not care about public health advice.

News, the virus doesn’t care either.

I will not bother the police to have you ticketed or arrested. I will not yell at you. (At least not at first.)

Instead of resenting your poor behavior, I wanted to find a way to let you know I don’t approve. It is not because I don’t like you, it is because I care. I care about your health, I care about the health of your family and my family and a stranger’s family. (Remember you can bring it home.)

I care about the elderly and those with existing health conditions.

If you want to continue to be insensitive to the health of others then when you hear “Space, please” or “Mask, please” don’t take it as an infringement of your freedom. Take it as a message that I care.

Marilyn Marshall, Magna

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