Grow up

This is for all those who have set forth their negative views on the pandemic rules and mandates… to those who simply flaunt them and refuse to adhere to those rules. It is time you stopped acting like petulant, whiney and disobedient little children who have had their candy taken away from them. The fact that you don’t care or give a damn about other people’s health and well-being is most disconcerting to those of us who respect and listen to the people who know what they are talking about. You, who insist that masks and social distancing are not necessary, that these things only hurt, not help the citizens of your world, should look at Sweden. Today, they are paying dearly for their non-compliance with the suggestions of the World Health Organization.

I suggest, those of you who don’t wear a mask, because you say one can suffer brain damage from lack of oxygen by wearing a face mask, have already suffered that damage. It has been proven time and time again that wearing a mask is beneficial. Why do you think doctors and nurses have worn masks in hospitals for decades… to protect you. You have complained and derided the government and Dr. Bonnie Henry for implementing rules with which you must comply. You say the government is trampling on your freedom of rights. By not wearing a mask, social distancing and complying with the rules, you are not only trampling other’s rights to be healthy, but you are putting their lives in danger by your childish attitude. Your right not to wear a mask stops where their right to live, starts. It is time to grow up and realize that the rules are made to help us all get through this pandemic, not to punish you for your careless and roguish attitude. Wearing a mask is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of caring and consideration for others.

My last word to you on this issue is, “Grow up… stop being so childish, save lives and save our provincial health services.”

Bill Peckham, Kelowna

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