Wear­ing a mask isn’t much to ask

Lethbridge Herald - - Reader's Forum -

There are a num­ber of peo­ple who feel that the com­pul­sory use of masks in cer­tain public ar­eas is an in­fringe­ment of their civil rights.

The COVID 19 pan­demic is a world war, in 212 coun­tries. By the end of the month we will have 31 mil­lion cases and one mil­lion deaths, with a mor­tal­ity rate above three per cent.

My par­ents lived through the Sec­ond World War. They had some re­stric­tions on their free­dom, but there were a lot of prod­uct short­ages they had to deal with. And they also had the fear that my fa­ther would get trans­ferred out of naval op­er­a­tions cen­tres to a com­bat sit­u­a­tion and have to bat­tle the Nazis or the Im­pe­rial Ja­panese Army. These re­stric­tions and short­ages and fears lasted for six years.

Wear­ing a mask in some in­door sit­u­a­tions for the com­ing win­ter is a lot less to ask.

Al­lan Wil­son

Leth­bridge

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