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Virus a Deadly Explosion Here

COVID-19 has exploded in our area during the past month. If you are not doing all in your power to prevent it from spreading, shame on you. You may well be helping the virus kill people.

On Nov. 6, statistics from both West Virginia and Ohio showed there were 1,175 active cases in our area — Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio, Tyler, Wetzel, Belmont, Jefferson, Harrison and Monroe counties.

By Sunday the number of active cases had skyrocketed to 4,038. During the preceding month, the virus had killed 79 people — nearly three a day — in the 10 counties. The number was equal to the entire epidemic fatality count leading up to Nov. 6.

Yet a significant number of people in the Northern Panhandle and East Ohio continue to go into public places without donning face coverings. Some store personnel — probably fearing physical confrontations — do not enforce mask policies.

Much has been said about the effectiveness of face masks in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Simple common sense tells us masks do at least some good.

So why are so many people refusing to use them? At times, it seems almost as if their attitude is that older people who may contract the disease indirectly through those who reject masks don’t matter.

Most Ohio Valley residents watch out for their neighbors. Apparently some do not believe they are their brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.

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