Letter: Show some love, wear a mask

Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 12, 2020

Wearing a mask helps prevent the spread of infection.

People unwittingly touch their face nine to 23 times hourly. Wearing a mask reminds you to not touch your nose or mouth and, hopefully, your eyes.

You go to the store. The clerk handles an infected person’s cash or card and doesn’t disinfect before accepting yours. You receive your change or card. Now your fingers are infectious. You go to your car and touch the steering wheel, gear shift and radio. You touch your eyes, nose or mouth and infect yourself with the coronavirus.

If you had worn a mask, then you would not have touched your mucus membranes which incubate infectious surface transmission germs.

If you can sew and if you can include a pocket to insert a pad, then you have created a cloth mask with absorbency.

Unless you are psychic you will not know if you are infected initially with this virus. By wearing a homemade cloth mask, you are protecting loved ones when you cough, sneeze or have a runny nose.

Take if from a nurse. Show some love and wear a mask.

— Robert Traylor