Wear a mask for oth­ers, not your­self

Orlando Sentinel - - OPINION -

In Charles Mun­sey Jr.’s let­ter (“Fear­ful? Stay home,” Tues­day) on how he is not fear­ful and won’t wear a mask, I think he may not know about the main rea­sons one would want to wear a mask. Wear­ing a mask is not so much about pro­tect­ing you. It is about you un­know­ingly spread­ing the virus to oth­ers, in ad­di­tion to oth­ers not spread­ing it to you.

For ex­am­ple, some­one may be a “su­per­spreader” with no symp­toms but are spread­ing the coro­n­avirus to oth­ers with no mask. In ad­di­tion, some­one could be in the early stages of the in­fec­tion with no symp­toms, thus spread­ing the virus fur­ther. If you wear a mask, you are help­ing oth­ers at lit­tle cost to your­self. You also set a good ex­am­ple for oth­ers and make oth­ers feel safer in your pres­ence. Mun­sey should re­con­sider his de­ci­sion.

Henry Har­low Win­ter Park

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