“Folks, we’re coming in for a landing at the New Orleans airport. At this time, we ask all Republicans to please fasten their seatbelts. Democrats, ya’ll stay unbuckled, please.”
To my knowledge, the above pilot announcement never happened. I hope.
A safety measure as sensible as fastening a seatbelt upon landing at an airport is beyond political. Everyone buckles up, be they Democrat, Republican, Independent, or no party at all.
Statistics conclusively prove you are safer in a car or taking off and landing in a plane with your seatbelt fastened.
Today, wearing a facemask is as important as wearing a seatbelt. Medical experts have pointed out repeatedly that the most important steps for preventing the spread of COVID-19 are wearing a facemask in public, social distancing, and frequent handwashing. There are plenty of other preventative measures, but those are at the top of the list.
Yet when you go into a store in Franklinton, it seems like half of your fellow shoppers aren’t wearing facemasks. This not only puts those shoppers more at risk, but it also contributes to the risk of spreading COVID-19 to the other people in the store. And then those other people can spread it to other people, and so on. Remember, there are many folks carrying the COVID-19 virus who show no symptoms at all. You can be healthy as a horse and still infect others.
I winced at photos taken at a recent political rally in Oklahoma, where very few people were wearing masks, and there was no indication of social distancing. And I've seen countless photos of protest marches and anti-police rallies around the country where masks were rare. Looters and the people tearing down statutes don't seem to be wearing masks either. :)
In just the past week, our governor and our parish president have pleaded with us to follow the safety measures that can stop or at least slow the spread of COVID-19 in Washington Parish and Louisiana. That same plea should be issued by our top national leadership. Facemasks and other COVID-19 safety measures are not political. Both Democrats and Republicans have been infected.
For the sake of all of us, please wear a facemask in stores and other public places until this virus situation is truly under control.