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Letter, 11/22: Listening to wrong people

Letter, 11/22: Listening to wrong people

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, gray, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. 

I am constantly amazed at the number of people, who think they know better than scientists, even though they are not in a scientific field.

Would a car mechanic allow a ballerina to repair a car? Kelly Jensen is part of an Omaha group that opposes wearing masks so much that the group funded two anti-mask billboards ("Anti-mask groups in Lincoln, Omaha growing, co-founder says," Nov. 14).

Having stated he was sure he’d had COVID-19 because he lost his “sense of taste and smell,” he still refuses to wear a mask. He shops without a mask  since he believes they don’t work.

I wonder if he had gone shopping before the symptoms of COVID-19 manifested themselves? Was he out in public when he had symptoms? If that is so, he will never know how many people he may have infected, sent to the hospital or tragically caused their deaths.

Infected people usually spread the viral load, and refusing to wear a mask in public is irresponsible. This isn’t about the Bill of Rights. Not wearing a mask to show that you are not controlled doesn’t prove anything but that person’s lack of concern for other people.

I hope Mr. Jensen and all his family live long healthy lives, unlike the 250,000-plus Americans who have died from the virus. Please listen to the scientists. I won’t let a ballerina fix my car. When it comes to my health and my life and for that matter, Mr. Jensen, your life, I will wear a mask.

Diana M. Nollen, Lincoln

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