The Ethics of Pandemic Life


Make the unselfish choice to mask up to protect others

With the raging COVID-19 virus playing havoc with our lives, our work, our health and our American society, we individually must make rational decisions to protect one another. The act of a wearing mask should be a simple, ethical decision to protect our family, friends, co-workers and total strangers that we encounter daily.

The protection of others should be the primary reason for adhering to the recommendation to always wear a mask in public. If not for our own protection, we should do it for others we encounter, and for our overworked and stressed healthcare providers who are on the front lines of caring for those who have been infected.

I speak from experience about the impact this virus can have on the people we love and care about. My mother, both brothers and my dad’s caregivers were all infected with COVID-19 following my father’s passing the day before Thanksgiving. We don’t know the source, but we do know that the virus does not discriminate, and it infects good people who are trying to do the right thing.

So I implore you to do the ethical thing by always wearing your mask to protect the people you love and care about. Someday soon, a vaccine may protect us, but for now our masks are our best bet for staying safe. 

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