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When in doubt, wear a mask
Jun 4, 2020
Dan Copeland
Writer's Block

I was talking with a friend today. Mike Conley, with Business Investment Brokers in Fort Wayne and Sowles Bay Yacht Club in Angola, knows how to have a good conversation and inspired me to write this column. He was talking about his experiences while shopping in northeast Indiana. The topic: When in public spaces, do you wear a mask or not?

A recent CNN article (yes, I am not a card carrying member of any political party and I read stuff from all sides of the political spectrum) notes that front line workers in places like Sam’s Club, Family Dollar and McDonald’s have become targets of hostile, unhappy customers who don’t want to comply with local rules. So angry are some of these people that they shoot and sometimes kill people.

Now that the economies in all states are substantially reopened, I believe many people have decided that the entire COVID-19 pandemic is behind us. While I am not advocating for everyone to wear a mask when they go into a public place, I am saying that the risk of contracting the virus still exists. We are a long way from a vaccine that will keep us all healthy.

Going to the local grocery store is like walking into a human petri dish. Lots of people seem to think we are living in the distant past – you know, 2019.  Many don’t care how close they get to anyone else. I avoid others as much as I can by zig zagging through the store looking for aisles where no one is. I don’t want to breathe in these places. I look at everyone like they are a possible disease spreader.

My point, if in fact I actually have one, is that we all need to be aware of possibly spreading or contracting the COVID-19 virus and then unknowingly gifting it to someone, maybe someone we care for deeply, who may die from it.


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