Re: The Aug. 19 letter from Kristin Saunders (‘This is why I do not wear a mask in public places’):
Why would a civilized person in a civilized society even question the prevention mask-wearing offers? Our community is built not on selfish interests and desires, but on awareness and consideration of how our actions impact the rest of our community.
Perhaps more education is required to enlighten the non-wearer of masks that COVID-19 can be transmitted to others from someone who is infected without symptoms.
Does Saunders not realize that all credible medical experts and the World Health Organization confirm that wearing a mask can provide a barrier to prevent our droplets from infecting others?
It is her duty as a member of our community to do whatever is within her power to protect those with compromised immune systems from her droplets, as it is mine.
Finally, if one has the tendency to breathe through one’s mouth while wearing a mask, causing concerns with mouth odor and dental hygiene, I would recommend one breathe through one’s nose.