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Respect the herd

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The Baldwin Bulletin recently did a stakeout in the Walmart parking lot and counted to 100.

Out of the first 100 people to exit the front door of the superstore, 40 wore face masks or other facial coverings, while 60 did not. Those 60 shoppers who fell into the “did not” category were being self-centered and irresponsible, plain and simple.

If you go into a large public place, such as Walmart, please wear a face mask or facial covering. Doing so is the least you can do. It’s really not that difficult.

Some people around town may not wear face masks in public as a political statement. “It’s no worse than the flu.” “It’s a hoax.” Those people, however, are just guessing, and those people are not medical experts. They should save their political statements for social media, in the comfort of their own homes, while not wearing face masks.

Face masks and facial coverings are scientifically proven to help lessen the spread of the virus.

To what extent is debatable. The fact that face masks help, however, is not debatable. It’s simply not.

By this point, we’ve all heard the adage about “you might not get sick from the virus, but you might pass it on to your grandma, and she’ll get sick.” Although oft-repeated, there is some wisdom in this.

Plenty of people around Milledgeville and Baldwin County are COVID-19 positive right now and don’t even know it.

A large-scale study out of Iceland recently revealed that roughly 50 percent of people in that country who tested positive were asymptomatic.

So, remember this: Conduct yourself as if you already have the virus and don’t even know it. There’s no need to wear a full-length HAZMAT suit next time you go to Walmart. At the same time, though, cover your face and nose.

It’s the very least you can do.