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Posted on 3. December 2020

The Golden Rule

By Abbie Cornett

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I get really frustrated listening to arguments about whether masks should or should not be mandated. In a perfect world, a mask mandate would not be necessary. People would choose to wear one for the safety of others. Unfortunately, we don't live in a perfect world! Instead of choosing to wear a mask to protect others, many people argue it infringes on their personal freedoms.

The issue of personal freedom is very important to Americans. In fact, many believe it is a cornerstone of our democracy. I am the first to admit masks are uncomfortable, and I hate wearing them, but I wear one anyway. I do this because I understand by wearing one I am not only protecting myself, I am protecting others who may be more vulnerable than I am.

Unfortunately, not wearing a mask has become a political statement rather than a public health issue. While polls show most Americans wear masks in public, there are some who refuse based on their political beliefs. This refusal to wear a mask has led to more than half of the country enacting mask mandates to stop the spread of COVID.

While I understand the mandates are necessary, I find it ridiculous that we must legislate good behavior. People who argue wearing a mask infringes on their personal freedom should ask themselves: Is this a situation in which the golden rule would apply? The golden rule teaches that we should treat others as we, ourselves, would wish to be treated. In other words, if I or a loved one had a medical condition that made me more vulnerable to COVID, would I wear a mask? If the answer is yes, PUT ONE ON.

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Jennifer
10:10 AM on Friday, December 04, 2020

When you have public health officials Faucci included giving out mixed messages and not adhering to their own suggestions or mandates you will see reaction from the public .
Announcements are made masks don’t work oh wait months later masks work the mixed messages are not helpful . When doubt is placed you will get a mixed response . And as Faucci says wear a mask works then shows up to a baseball game not  wearing one ?!  Credibility is in question .  

Lia
1:54 PM on Friday, December 04, 2020

I can not believe people are still confused by Dr. Faucci's comments. He did ask people not to wear masks while there was a huge shortage for front line workers; doctors, nurses, paramedics, police officers.

Once masks caught up with demand, Dr. Faucci asked all Americans to wear a mask when in public. As for his pitch at the baseball game, he removed his mask to make a pitch well over the 6 foot safety range of COVID spread.

Dr. Faucci is the top Doc for people with P.I. Allergy (Immunolgy) and Infectious Diseases.
He is our voice. I'm tired of people that do not understand his role or his actions, which actually have been steady.

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