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'Wouldn't it be the sensible and responsible thing to do to always wear masks as we shop?'

The U.S. has about 4 percent of the world's population, but nearly 25 percent of the COVID-19 cases.

Asian countries and most nations of the European Union have done a better job of dealing with the pandemic than we have. While there are reasons for this, right now, each of us should focus on how we can protect ourselves and others.

One of the simple things we can do is to wear masks when we are around other people. The science and facts are in on this: masks do save lives. Yet, despite this, many choose not to wear masks.

With the current focus on reopening the economy, many have the mindset that the worst is over, we're going to get back to normal. No, the worst may not have arrived yet. We do have to open the economy because most of us have to work to survive. But as we do strive to get back to work, we can't forget the virus is still stalking us and the number of new cases is surging in Oregon and other states, too.

As I shop in local grocery stores, I notice that no more than half of the shoppers wear masks. It is not possible to always maintain the six feet of social distance while shopping. We pass close to each other in the narrow aisles as we shop. There is no way around this. So given this situation, wouldn't it be the sensible and responsible thing to do to always wear masks as we shop? And to wear masks anytime we are around people anywhere?

Ray Horn, Scappoose


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