Reader Letters: Tootie Smith Thanksgiving invitee defends chair-elect
Do not judge or you too will be judged (Matthew 7:1). For those of you who have been critical of Tootie's Facebook comment about inviting friends and family to her Thanksgiving dinner, I would like you to think about some things. Her family and friends were invited, but of course not compelled to attend. It does not mean that all of the invited people are going to attend. It is up to those who were invited to decide if they should attend, which is based on a variety of factors. Factors like are they also living a secluded lifestyle, or have had COVID-19? Are they taking measures to reduce their risk of exposure to COVID-19 or any virus, like wearing a mask in public and frequently washing their hands or using hand sanitizer? This means they are low risk to spreading COVID-19 at the event.
In addition to practicing the previously mentioned measures, are the invited guests taking vitamins or other supplements that help boost their immune system, which reduces their risk of getting sick from any virus? They should send regrets if they are working in a high-exposure job and have not had COVID-19, or are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or any viral infections.
Another factor to consider is what measures are the host, Tootie in this case, taking to reduce the risk of exposing her guests to COVID-19 or any virus. I can tell you Tootie is practicing the principles presented in her report to reopen Clackamas County, which can be found at https://tootiesmith.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/tootie-smith_report.pdf. She owns and uses two HEPA/UV filters to clean the air in her house when she has any guests over. Doors or windows are left open to bring in fresh air. High-risk people are placed at a separate table. How do I know these things? I am the person who helped her write the report and was invited for Thanksgiving. It all comes down to managing risk and not restricting the number of people attending your Thanksgiving to six people.
To those who are criticizing Tootie: Did you have air treatment systems running to remove viruses in the air? Did you practice social distancing with those who were at the greatest risk if they contracted COVID-19? Were your guests doing everything they can, on a daily basis, to reduce the risk of getting COVID-19? Just remember, judge not lest you be judged.
Malia R. Kupillas
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