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Letter: Anti-maskers should make rounds with an ICU nurse

Letter: Anti-maskers should make rounds with an ICU nurse

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(EDITORIAL USE ONLY) A nurse writes a note on a window as a team of doctors and nurses performs a procedure on a coronavirus COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit (I.C.U.) at Regional Medical Center on May 21, 2020 in San Jose, California. Frontline workers are continuing to care for coronavirus COVID-19 patients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Santa Clara county, where this hospital is located, has had the most deaths of any Northern California county, and the earliest known COVID-19 related deaths in the United States.

(EDITORIAL USE ONLY) A nurse writes a note on a window as a team of doctors and nurses performs a procedure on a coronavirus COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit (I.C.U.) at Regional Medical Center on May 21, 2020 in San Jose, California. Frontline workers are continuing to care for coronavirus COVID-19 patients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Santa Clara county, where this hospital is located, has had the most deaths of any Northern California county, and the earliest known COVID-19 related deaths in the United States. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/TNS)

My granddaughter is an intensive care unit nurse in another state that also doesn’t have a mask mandate. She says she and her co-workers are exhausted from taking care of coronavirus patients. She says the patients take a long time to recover if, in fact, they do. Some don’t. She wears heavy protective gear during her 12-hour shift and is physically and emotionally drained afterwards. Our family lives in fear that she will contract the virus.

So I would like to ask the Jefferson County anti-mask protesters (“Protesters oppose masks in Jefferson County, as Missouri breaks daily COVID-19 record,” July 22) if they really think their “freedom” not to do a simple thing like wear a mask is worth the more-than 800 deaths of medical workers in this country? They should spend 12 hours following my granddaughter around during her shift, even if only virtually. Maybe they would realize how selfish they are. What do these protesters do for a living and what have they contributed to the betterment of our society?

Susan Cunningham • Pacific

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