This is my response to Ron Brunetti’s letter in your November 21, 2020, edition.
Mr. Brunetti states that “cloth masks will not provide any protection against COVID-19.”
That is absolutely false, misleading, dangerous and contrary to all valid scientific evidence.
But, worse yet, Mr. Brunetti states that “the hoax is treating a virus with a 99.7 percent survival rate as if it was Ebola and claiming that everyone living their life is a murderer.”
The truth is that for the past several weeks, COVID-19 has been killing our fellow citizens at the rate of more than two 9/11’s per week, more than one Vietnam War per month, and has now killed more fellow citizens than U.S. servicemembers killed in World War II.
As for a survival rate of “99.7 percent,” thousands of those “survivors” have suffered and continue to suffer amputations, permanent lung and heart damage and chronic excruciating headaches.
As of this writing, 12,516,045 cases in the U.S. have been confirmed, and 262,185 have died. Apparently, that’s not enough for Mr. Brunetti.
Also, at this writing, cases in Covington and Clifton Forge stand at 401, more than the city of Richmond.
Mr. Brunetti had better hope that his reckless refusal to wear a mask neither kills him or disables him so he has to wheel around his very own tank of oxygen for the rest of his life.
Enough already about infantile complaints from the crybabies who call masking and social distancing rules “tyranny.” It’s hard to imagine worse tyranny than having a ventilator crammed down one’s throat. Seems like the real tyranny is those who care so little for their neighbors’ safety.
If you run enough stop signs, eventually you’ll get T-boned. Try “surviving” that.
Live free and die.
William A. Parks Jr.
King Street, Clifton Forge
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