LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Let’s use common sense

Yes, let’s do use common sense during this pandemic. However, I have a different view than some.

Michigan is one of the very few states whose numbers of COVID-19 cases have continued to drop, not because the virus has taken a vacation or moved on to another area (it is still with all of us) but because Michiganders have been observing “Stay Home.”

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer knows this is not winning her friends; she is following the advice of learned, experienced scientists and doctors, not playing politics.

Being sarcastic doesn’t serve any positive purpose. Name calling only serves to divide our U.S. even more at a time when we should be trying even harder to be united.

Put a mask on, not because someone is telling you to, but because it may protect someone else who, in turn, might infect others if you were infected and didn’t know it. Remember, you can be very contagious two days before any symptoms appear or you may never have any symptoms.

Keep 6 feet apart when in a place where others are present. Observe the arrows in the stores. Continue to do the things that protect yourself and those around you — even strangers.

I, too, am anxious to do the things I once enjoyed. Gradual return to a “new normal” is going to take patience from all of us.

In the meantime, if you are able, support ACTION or another food bank. Order take out from our local restaurants. Can’t eat that much? Order food for others in our community, such as first responders (call first to make arrangements).

Be kind to one another.

Bonnie Latourette

Dowagiac

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