Safeguarding Others

Editor, News-Register:

I just read the front page morning news regarding the overworked staff at the Marshall County Health Department. It brought tears of both sadness and anger at the echoing complaint by these “saints” who are trying to take care of us.

I speak for them when I say, please, just follow the guidelines and wear a mask, sanitize your hands, keep at a distance, avoid indoor groups, etc.

Contrary to what some believe, it is not our constitutional right to do otherwise. Common sense shows us that it’s because we didn’t do this prior to now that we’re in this fix.

Those of you who still believe this is a hoax, that doesn’t change the fact that people are dying at an alarming rate in this country, far worse than the flu. Take the time to read Misty Merinar’s heart wrenching story in The Intelligencer about what this has done to her, along with the rest of the staff at the Marshall County Health Department.

And since that county is in the “red” zone now, there should be even more incentive to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Politics, ideology and passions aside, this disease is in charge now. By the simple act of properly (and that means NOT below your nose or chin) wearing a mask, we can avoid an economic/health care disaster.

I have close friends who work in health care, including long-term care. They are at the end of their ropes. If we don’t lose them all to stress related illness, we will lose them to COVID-19, should this drag on much longer. Just have a heart and do what’s right for our communities and our nation. The alternative is unthinkable.

Cecy Rose



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