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Letter: Myths about face masks shouldn't be propogated

  • Written by Gerald Hughes

Editor, 

Judy Gunn presents incorrect information that facemasks will weaken her immune system. This is a myth that should not be propagated.

If someone has contracted COVID-19, they are most contagious before showing symptoms. In other words, when they don’t know they have it. By wearing a mask, especially when indoors around others, they are protecting others and assuring they don’t spread the disease. It is irresponsible to not wear one in a supermarket or when taking out food.

If you want to avoid the illness... wash your hands regularly, stay away from strangers who are not wearing a mask, and maintain social distancing as much as possible.

Gerald Hughes

Woodinville

Letter: Science is clear on benefits of wearing masks

  • Written by Chuck Berman

Editor, 

I realize Ms. Gunn’s opinions are just that, her opinions, but her “beliefs,” dismissing known science is irresponsible. The real science is clear and has always been clear on the benefits of wearing masks… only the rhetoric for political purposes has changed to serve desired political points of view.

Wearing masks to help stop the COVID-19 spread is simply logical and undisputed in the well-educated, scientific, and medical communities worldwide. Why do ALL frontline doctors, nurses, healthcare workers wear masks?

Simple: It protects them and it protects their patients! Proof: Frontline medical providers have much lower infection rates than the general population, and have been exposed to 1000s of times the virus dosage of regular folks. Many wear masks as long as 12 hours a day, every day, and have NO CO2 issues. Do you believe these well trained, knowledgeable medical professionals would wear masks if there were CO2 side effects? 

People who don’t know or understand these well-known FACTS are simply choosing to ignore the proven and listen to political agendas for their own purposes.

When science became clear that secondhand cigarette smoke caused cancer to non-smokers, it took years for laws mandating no smoking indoors, costing 10s of thousands of additional unnecessary deaths. Ultimately, public education and the public benefit won out over individuals smokers’ rights to kill others. 

Second-hand smoke took years to kill people, COVID-19 can kill in days. 

Talking loudly or yelling at nearby people when you are not wearing a mask makes it more likely you'll give them the virus that has now overwhelmed our economy, our medical community, and our way of life, and claimed 100,000 lives in the U.S. alone. COVID-19 is literally hanging in the air for some period of time, and it broadcasts out up to 25 feet from a sneeze or cough. 

Wearing a decent mask can lower your risk of getting infected by up to 95%. And isn't it obvious that a mask limits what gets broadcast out to others? The numbers are calculated by experts across the globe. Science, not "beliefs."

Its well-known now this insidious virus is passed along even when infected people show absolutely NO SIGNs of infection (asymptomatic transfer/infection).

What if you found out you unknowingly infected someone (or lots of folks) who could be dead in 14 days and you could have prevented it simply by wearing a mask? 

How would you feel if you discovered someone who was not wearing a mask at the store you just went to infected you as neither of you wearing masks and you went home and infected all your closest family, and one of them died? 

I’m getting stir crazy and want the Stay At Home Orders to end, NOW, but responsibly and that’s up to all of us.

Science is telling us if 60 to 70% of us wear masks in public, we can potentially eradicate this prior to having a vaccine.

If you choose to be part of the 30 to 40% that feel your civil rights are being violated or you consider it a personal affront too invasive to bear, please consider staying at home. 

Armed with the facts, we can each still choose to proliferate the problem or be part of the solution.

Chuck Berman

Woodinville

Letter: Wearing a mask should be 'my choice'

  • Written by Judy Gunn

Dear Editor:

Gov. Jay Inslee’s mandate to wear masks is confusing and not based on science or medical advice. He states masks are recommended to protect “me” from contracting COVID-19. 

Some experts have said masks work. Others say they do not work. Most importantly, a number of medical doctors have expressed that masks are unhealthy and can lead to lowering my immune system caused by breathing my own CO2.

I think the governor's "mandate" is not based on medical science and has gone too far. If I do not believe masks are healthy and I choose not to wear one, that makes my beliefs my own. That should not affect another's decision to wear a mask if it is their belief wearing a mask is healthy and will result in "protection" from COVID-19 infection.

I expressed this to my 45th District Legislator, Larry Springer. He said I should wear the mask “for others” anyway. That’s exactly my point. I do not want to become unhealthy for others. I want to continue to take good care of my immune system by washing my hands, keeping my distance, eating healthy, exercising, breathing fresh air and getting some sunlight. 

That should be my choice, not someone else's.

Judy Gunn

Woodinville

Letter: Congress can act to help the Alzheimer’s and dementia community during this crisis

  • Written by Pete Minden

Dear Editor:

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens the health of millions in this country and around the world but also presents additional challenges for more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's, their caregivers, the research community, and the nonprofits serving these vulnerable populations.

As an advocate for people with dementia, I understand first-hand the impact Alzheimer’s and all dementia has on families across America.

Congress can act to help the Alzheimer’s and dementia community during this crisis, by including these bipartisan Alzheimer’s Association proposals in the next economic relief package:

• The Promoting Alzheimer’s Awareness to Prevent Elder Abuse Act would require the Department of Justice to develop best practices materials to assist professionals who support victims of abuse living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia, to improve the quality of interactions with this vulnerable population.

• The Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act would educate clinicians about the Alzheimer’s and dementia care planning services available through Medicare.

• Create a fund to support larger nonprofits, including loan forgiveness, so that charities like the Alzheimer’s Association can continue to effectively serve the communities that depend on them.

Please join me in encouraging Senators Murray and Cantwell and Representative Suzan DelBene to include these proposals in the next pandemic relief package that will help the millions of families affected by Alzheimer's and other dementias.

Pete Minden

Kirkland

Woodinville remains committed to our community

  • Written by Mayor Elaine Cook

To our community,

These are challenging and scary times. It appears the whole world has changed in a matter of weeks. But one thing has not changed: City Council and staff at the city of Woodinville remain committed to our community.

Under Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation, most local government operations are deemed essential and must continue. However, we have changed how we operate in an incredibly short period of time. 

New technology solutions have been deployed, enabling 70% of City Hall staff to work from home. We have temporarily suspended processing of passports, concealed carry permits, finger printing, and pet licenses. City Council meetings are now completely virtual, and the Council meeting agenda can only include items that are “necessary and routine” or COVID-19 related.

While most private development has been put on hold by the Governor’s order, the city is making sure construction can resume when the time comes. 

Staff continues to digitally process building permits and perform basic inspections. Large development projects like Wine Village in the tourist district and Woodin Creek Village downtown continue to work their way through the permit approval process. Work continues on the Civic Campus project next to City Hall in a limited capacity in order to prevent weather damage to exposed wood framing. 

Parks and other public facilities have been closed for several weeks to facilitate social distancing and protect staff from potential exposure. Although park maintenance activities such as mowing the grass and emptying trash continues as before, sports field reservations have been cancelled and refunds issued. 

One positive side effect of reduced traffic around town is that planned street maintenance has moved forward at a faster pace. City crews are taking advantage of the calm by filling potholes and rehabilitating street medians.

The city’s engineering staff is moving forward with infrastructure projects planned for construction this summer. That includes design work and bidding of four street resurfacing projects, five pedestrian safety projects and several stormwater system improvements. One project to install a signal at the intersection of 175th Ave and 133rd near the Civic Campus project has been delayed for now.

City Council and staff are evaluating how the coronavirus response will financially impact the city. At this point, the city does not anticipate cuts to service levels thanks to years of sound financial planning and decision making resulting in a healthy rainy-day fund. 

As a next step, we are now working on community relief programs to help those most impacted by COVID-19. Despite the challenges it presents, the city has adjusted operations and continues to provide basic services. 

Our goal is to get back to business as usual when this ordeal is over. In the meantime, keep a close eye on our website (ci.woodinville.wa.us), follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@woodinvillecity), or tune in to the remote City Council meetings to stay updated.

 

Mayor Elaine Cook, 

City Manager Brandon Buchanan