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Letter: Monoclonal antibody treatment works, but a mask mandate is better

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Senate President Stuart Adams, R-Layton, during a special session at the State Captiol in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

Utah Senate President Stuart Adams suggests monoclonal antibodies may be the best way to reduce hospitalizations due to Covid-19 (The Tribune Sept. 4: “Top Senator Tells How to Reduce Covid-19 Hospitalizations”).

When it comes to dealing with the Covid crisis, I suggest Sen. Adams consider the old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

My 89-year old husband contracted Covid-19 in January before vaccines were available to him. He was treated with monoclonal antibodies shortly after testing positive. Because of his fragile veins, the treatment took over three hours and was very painful. It did prevent hospitalization and probably saved his life; however, eight months later his physical well being has not returned to what it was pre-Covid infection.

Although we were careful to wear masks whenever we left our apartment, we were likely infected with Covid-19 by a young man residing on our floor who neglected wearing a mask in common areas of our building and who tested positive for Covid-19.

We are grateful my husband received monoclonal antibodies, but a mask mandate which would have prevented our neighbor from transmitting the virus in our building would have been even more beneficial.

Ann Johnson, Salt Lake City

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