Wearing a mask a sign of respect
In Ms. Shawna Rothney’s letter to the editor (‘Don’t mask me in,’ July 12), she is critical of wearing a mask. She indicates it is her right to not wear a mask and she should not be subject to bullying for not wearing one.
Let us be clear that a person’s rights end when their actions put another person’s health and safety at risk. Ms. Rothney’s view of mask-wearing could well put herself, her family and close contacts at risk.
By not wearing a mask, Ms Rothney puts anyone near her at a higher risk level for contracting the virus and developing COVID-19. She could easily pass the virus on to her grandmother, grandfather, son, daughter or others including the front-line medical people who now have to treat the infected person just because Ms. Rothney was not wearing a mask.
Ms. Rothney says wearing a mask is asked because “some people believe masks are an effective way of slowing the spread of COVID”. I do not know Ms. Rothney, so I do not know her occupation; however, there is no “believe” in this. There is “certainty”, though.