I was appalled by the 200 protesters regarding Gov. Inslee’s stay-home orders (“200 Snohomish County protesters rally against COVID order,” The Herald, May 16). They have every right to protest, but they do not have the right to compromise my health. Since these people have not been tested, and since we know that Covid-19 can be present but undetected, I consider the gathering itself and each of them to be a public menace.
I miss meeting with my family, especially the great-grandchildren, my church, my friends, my civic and social engagements. I do not like living in this restricted way, but I do respect the need for it. I am especially concerned about schooling.
However, the worst that could happen would be to open up our sports and entertainment venues, or our schools and businesses, too widely or too soon, and to then be required to extend the length of the strictures and increase the number of deaths.
I am 85, and my generation remembers well the years of WW II: the rationing, the compete absence of many items, the black-outs, the neighborhood wardens, the fear of air raids. The younger generations have no such memories and, therefore, do not seem to recognize the need for a national discipline. This virus is the enemy in a new “war,” and, in lieu of universal testing or a vaccination, we must fight with the weapons available: masks, gloves, sanitizers, and social distancing.