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Andrew Connellan: If you truly have a legitimate health reason and can't wear a mask, then please respect the health of others

On Aug. 18, I went into the convenience store where I get coffee most days. Entering right behind me was a family of four, two adults and two kids, none of whom wore masks.

The clerk informed them that masks were mandatory. Their response? "All of us have medical issues, so we won't wear them." The kids took off in different directions. One adult went to the soda dispenser. She began yelling across the store Andrew Connellanat the kids while facing the machine. One kid had his head inside the donut case, yelling back at her. (I took a pass on getting one, by the way).

I shudder to think of the volume of droplets expelled freely into the air by this family. Several other customers commented on this fact. The response from the woman? "We're the ones that will get it, so what's the big deal?"

A couple of thoughts come to mind. First, ignorance isn't a medical issue, but it is a symptom of larger issues our society is facing. Second, if you truly have a legitimate health reason and can't wear a mask, then please respect the health of others and try to mitigate the risk you are exposing them to: avoid yelling, don't needlessly touch things. Use common sense. Set a good example for the young people you are raising, and be a good neighbor.

Please. I really need my coffee in the morning, but more importantly, I really need my kids and co-workers to be safe.

Andrew Connellan is a resident of Milwaukie.


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