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Letter: If you like DUI laws, you should like mask mandates

Amberli Nelson speaks as people who oppose wearing masks protest in front of Gov. Gary Herbert’s private residence in Orem on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

I suspect many of those protesting the requirement to wear masks in public don’t have the same objection to the laws against driving under the influence — yet they have the same basis. Both prohibit activities that pose a significant risk of killing or hurting others.

Overwhelming empirical evidence shows that when all or most people wear masks, the spread of COVID-19 is substantially reduced. It is also well established that much of the propagation is from asymptomatic individuals.

Wearing masks is perhaps the only way to slow the spread of COVID-19 that does not negatively affect our reopening, and it does not violate anyone’s rights.

Dan McKnight

Salt Lake City