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Setting a poor example

Setting a poor example

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Setting a poor example

Let’s set aside the fact that Mr. [Ronald] Scearce adds a derogatory connotation when calling COVID-19 something other than that. In so doing, he is throwing attention off of the real and very dangerous and deadly problem his attitude causes: gathering in large numbers and not wearing masks (“Supervisor adds volatile label to latest viral attack,” Jan. 22). Also trying to get a petition to Gov. Northam to ease the directive for mandatory masks in public and the continued closed businesses.

Mr. Scearce seems to feel that the governor’s directives are, as he described, “oppressive” and “ridiculous.” It is archaic thinking and beliefs like these that have given to the continued rise of COVID-19 cases not only in our state of Virginia but in our country.

Just in the last 10 days to two weeks, Virginia saw an increase of almost 8,000 cases, and deaths in our country have passed 400,000 cases.

Without breaking any HIPAA laws, I would encourage hospitals throughout Virginia to take pictures of patients in their COVID units and share them with the public, if the family agrees. I think not seeing those individuals with COVID-19 contributes to the ignorance of some people who believe there is no threat of this virus.

Yes, we have had many deaths, but if the lay person could “see” what a COVID-19 patient must go through, then “he” or “she” would certainly do as they were mandated to do.

Anyone who contracts COVID-19 and is able to remain in their home is most fortunate. For the person in the vulnerable group, there is a chance of getting pneumonia and the possibility of being placed on a ventilator to assist with breathing. It is scary to see and scary for the patient. But maybe it would drive home the seriousness of this virus ... this killer.

Mr. Scearce, you set a poor example for those you were voted to represent in the Westover District. You should set an example to your family and those who look up to you by following the rules as set forth by our governor. By everyone wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, washing hands for at least 20 seconds every 2 hours and following the directives of our governor and president are we ever going to be rid of this deadly virus.

JIM WYATT,

BILLIE WYATT

Danville

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