Letter to the editor: Don’t be dumb

To the editor:

Survival of the fittest has a corollary: death of the dumbest. When I see the news videos of people in crowds, without masks, protesting, or going to bars or beaches, I can’t help but think “they will reap what they sow,” and so be it. But that is not true. Most of them will not die. Rather they will pass the virus on to their parents or grandparents or perhaps to their kids in the newly identified Covid-Kawasaki syndrome or to the health care workers trying to save their lives. It turns out stupidity itself is contagious.

It does not have to be this way. Yes, we cannot stay at home forever and, yes, isolation has its own costs but, no, we do not have to be stupid. Live your life. Go out if you need to, but keep as much distance as possible and wear your masks! A mask on both the asymptomatic carrier and the unknowing receiver, to prevent the sharing of droplets, is the most effective preventative other than just staying home. With time and a vaccine, we will get through this. In the meantime, stay alive and keep those you love alive.

Steven Bruner, M.D.,

Lawrence

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