Adding the human element to the argument against mask use

 In Letters, Opinion

Editor:
With regards to Greg McNally’s letter July 17… Mr. McNally has factual, statistical and democratic correctness. What perhaps is missing is a humanistic/humanizing perspective.
 I work at Creedan Valley. My close co-worker has immunity health issues yet she has been there supporting our residents and her team throughout the stages of COVID-19. We are monitored daily, and have mandatory COVID-19 testing every 14 days (I’ve had better, less painful, regular procedures in my lifetime).
I do not consider being required to wear a mask an encroachment on my personal rights. We must wear them at work everyday. It keeps our co-workers and residents safe from any contact, we as individuals, may have had, with the world outside of home and Creedan. We all keep the “outside” to a minimum, but reality is, we periodically need groceries, prescriptions, etc…
I personally couldn’t give a drat what political mandates, stats, nor my personal democratic rights say. I do care to wear a mask to keep my residents and my health compromised family members as safe as I am personally able. If I were to be a asymptomatic carrier and bring COVID-19 into our long term care home or my family home, because I felt that not wearing a mask was my democratic right, I believe I may have troubles sleeping with myself… it’s not about me. It is however about those I come in contact with.
Politics have historically found no solid stand in right and wrong ethics, morals and actions… however, there is no grey area when it comes to our personal ability to assist with keeping others outside of ourselves safe. It’s about thinking outside of yourself and the facts. What is the humanizing action to take?
Wendy Eagle,
Creemore.

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