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To the Journal editor:

The coronavirus epidemic has exposed the best and worst of people.

The best — nurses, physicians, respiratory technicians, paramedics, EMTs, housekeeping and a host of other essential workers who put their lives on the line every day, doing their best to help COVID-19 patients survive.

The worst — selfish, self-absorbed people, hiding behind the Bill of Rights to avoid wearing a mask or practice social distancing. If you are in this group, you do not have a “right” to activity with the potential to harm others.

Your leader in the White House, who professed to “Make America Great Again” has surely delivered on that promise. The United States now leads the entire world with most infections and deaths.

I do not fault the Great Orange One for the pandemic. I fault him for ignoring early warning signs coming from China, then calling it a “hoax,” his failure to timely use his authority to ramp up production of essential medical supplies in short supply and listen to epidemiologists, rather than “magical thinking” the virus will just go away on its own.

It’s not my favorite thing to wear a mask or practice social distancing, but its such a small gesture on behalf of myself, family and others in my community, especially the most vulnerable.

What a sad state of affairs.

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