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Letter: Wearing masks is our Good Samaritan opportunity

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Letter to the editor

Deseret News

So many Utahans don’t wear masks when out in public because, I think, they don’t understand why they’re to be worn. We’ve all heard that homemade and even surgical masks aren’t particularly effective in stopping the entry of the coronavirus into one’s body. So why are we admonished to wear them?

Remember the story of the Good Samaritan? The Samaritan paused on his journey long enough to take care of a wounded man he likely didn’t know, got him onto his pack animal, took him into town, paid for him to be cared for at a local inn and made other arrangements for the man’s future care. And what did he get for his troubles? Nothing that we’re aware of. In fact, it cost him time and money to care for another but he did it out of decency, kindness and love for one’s fellow man.

That’s what we’re doing when we wear a mask when out in public, especially when in enclosed spaces such as retail stores and at work. We’re not so much taking care of ourselves as we are taking care of each other.

Wearing a mask is for others, not ourselves, because they’re effective in stopping a sick person from spreading the virus. It isn’t about giving up one’s identity; it’s about preventing the spread of a disease.  

Let’s rename them Good Samaritan masks. Let’s help one other by wearing our Good Samaritan masks in public spaces until the coronavirus pandemic is over.

Kirtland Stout