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Letter: We can exercise Utah’s pro-life values by following health guidelines

Dr. Clark Bishop, a critical care and pulmonary medicine physician at Utah Valley Hospital in Provo, pleads with people to wear face masks as he speaks at a COVID-19 briefing at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News


If our hospitals in Utah are overwhelmed, our COVID death rate will almost certainly rise. This is life and death we are talking about. Utah has always been known as a pro-life place. Let’s extend that love of life to those who are threatened by this virus. To one degree or another, nearly all of us are. The way we can do this is by listening to the scientists striving to know this virus. If you’re not actively studying this virus every day, then it would be wise to see for yourself what those who do have to say.

I support stronger public health policy. I’m a lover of freedom, but I’m also a lover of wisdom. Do the wise thing and make the choice to adhere to the advice offered by the epidemiologist community. Be careful. Wear your mask properly anytime you’re around someone from outside your household and around everyone if you think could have been exposed to the virus. Stay distant from others whenever possible, even when wearing a mask. Be considerate of others.

Speaking of being considerate to others, think of our medical staff, valiantly providing therapeutic and sometimes lifesaving care. They are working under some pretty extreme, dangerous and exhausting conditions. Imagine knowing that if you took a day off some number of very sick people would not receive the care they needed. We need to strive to lessen the strain on them.

Matt Starling

Salt Lake City