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Help Slow The Spread of COVID-19 Simply By Wearing A Mask

By Staff | Oct 20, 2020

To the Editor:

I know Trump promised a vaccine before November 3rd but please do not hold your breath or cast your vote on the basis of this promise. Trump promised the American people something that other parties have to deliver on. We all know, from experience how doing this often works out.

In the October 1st issue of The Democrat Sarah Strohman indicated to Supervisor Solberg she felt a vaccine would be available towards the end of October. In the October 8th issue she indicated the vaccine would not be available for a while. In the October 13th The Spencer Daily Reporter, Dr. David Keith from the Clay County Board of Health indicated a vaccine was six to 12 months away. 

I assume Strohman and Keith get their information from the same source. In fact, it may be closer to 12 months as it was announced today another company had to put their testing trials on pause due to an unexplained illness. Everyone should know that Trump’s promises of a vaccine by October was nothing more than a ploy to gain votes. In fact, Trump has embarked on a whirlwind tour of rallies across the country and he does not mention the vaccine anymore.

Trump’s own experts have testified they would choose a mask over a vaccine if they had to choose between the two. Everyone in Palo Alto County can help in slowing the spread of the virus simply by wearing a mask when out in public and practicing social distancing when possible.  I live a majority of my time on the East side of the Big Island of Hawaii. When not here I am at my house in Ruthven or my farm near the Lost Island Country Store.

We have a mask mandate for everyone out in public in Hawaii. In businesses it is “No Mask, No Service and No Entry”. No one seems to object.  Wearing a mask when off one’s property has become second nature for all of us. My next door neighbor even wears a mask when coming to visit or sharing some of her excess produce.  Hawaii has been closed to the tourist trade for what seems like forever and at a tremendous cost to the economy, its people and businesses.  Not to mention the airlines. We probably have about the highest unemployment rate in the nation. But, on the Big Island, to date, we’ve only had 953 total cases as of today, October 13, out of a population of 201,513; 50 of those cases required hospitalization. Deaths are still in the lower double digits. A majority of the deaths have occurred in care facilities.

(Due to the length of the letter, LeAnn McGranahan’s letter will be continued in Thursday’s issue of The Democrat)

LeAnn McGranahan

Papaaloa, HI