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There is very little we can do to control the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing helps but masks do a lot more.

Masks can be a problem, especially for people that believe COVID-19 is just another version of the flu. The number of people that are asymptomatic adds to this problem.

Many people are starting to tire of wearing a mask every time they go out. Other people are just refusing to wear one.

Every time I go shopping, I see more and more people of all ages without one. I do not understand how these people think they are smarter than the Centers for Disease Control and other medical institutions that recommend them.

A lot of these non-mask people do not watch or listen to national news.

They get their information from friends, family, rumor or social media. These sources are mostly homemade propaganda, unsupported lies or conspiracy theories.

It took a while for Gov. Ivey to make masks mandatory. Within a couple of weeks, the increase of new COVID-19 cases started slowing.

It is still decreasing. There is a connection.

Some people say the actual virus is smaller than the weave in masks and therefore a mask does not make any difference. True – the virus is tiny however it does not travel on its own.

It rides on miniscule water droplets spewed out by a person talking, laughing, coughing, sneezing, singing or heavily breathing while exercising.

Sure, a few droplets with a virus hitchhiker do get through masks, but this is many times less than without a mask.

And, just a few COVID-19 particles have not proven to infect a person. It takes thousands.

Start with a mask blocking most of these particles and add six feet of social distance and the odds of beating this pandemic go up tremendously.

Remember, my mask protects you and your mask protects me. When you do not wear a mask, you are disrespecting me and devaluing of all of the lives around you.

People understand smoking in businesses can make people sick. Can they understand not wearing a mask can kill?

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