A press release from Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.
The health officers of King, Pierce, Snohomish, Kitsap, Clallam, Jefferson, San Juan, and Grays Harbor counties have joined together to pass on their best public health advice to protect you, your family, and our communities. We recommend all residents wear facial coverings when in indoor public settings where the vaccination status of those around you is unknown. This step will help reduce the risk of COVID-19 to the public, including customers and workers, help stem the increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in many parts of the state and decrease the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.
Vaccinations are our best defense against COVID-19 and are safe, effective, and readily available for everyone age 12 and over. Please get yours immediately if you are not already vaccinated.
- John Bausher, MD PhD Grays Harbor County Health Officer
- Anthony L-T Chen, MD MPH Pierce County Health Officer
- Frank James, MD San Juan County Health Officer
- Gib Morrow, MD MPH Kitsap County Health Officer
- Allison Berry, MD MPH Clallam County Health Officer
- Jeffrey S. Duchin, MD MPH King County Health Officer
- Thomas Locke, MD MPH Jefferson County Health Officer
- Chris Spitters, MD MPH Snohomish County Health Officer
Joseph Boyle says
If mystery writer Kerpal is right, how much harm can there be to have worn a mask?
If mystery writer Kerpal is wrong, and his or her advice is wrong, people are going to get sick and die.
Who am I going to believe, 8 public health physicians, or an individual who hides anonymously behind the AKA that suggests being frozen in thought because of “Kerpal Tunnel”.
Kerpel, it’s not just for your health but for those around you. Do you not care enough for your family and friends to make a simple sacrifice by wearing a mask? What do you fear? I can understand having some misgivings about a vaccine, although I think its a literal lifesaver, what is wrong with a mask? I’m fed up with people who have so little disregard for others.
Scott Anderson says
And some of us are fed up with others who want to force their views (regurgitation from the propaganda that they wholeheartedly lap up like a dog with no shade on a 115 degree day) onto others. The views that you share with that codger Boyle are not based in science. I personally believe that everyone in their mid 20s and older should get the vaccine. I also believe that everyone in that group living in the United States has had ample opportunity to get the vaccines (with exception to a select few who are undergoing medical treatment and for one reason or another can’t get the vaccine). Science is showing us that the vaccine works. The data also shows that to this point in the pandemic, less than 0.3 percent of the population in the worst hit state (currently New Jersey) has perished from the virus. Additionally, a large portion of that number are people in hospice that would have perished by now with or without the pandemic. Meaning, more than 99.7 percent made it to this point.
We have also seen people wasting a year plus of the little time that they have on earth sitting in exile, afraid of the pandemic. You asked what the individual is afraid of to not wear a mask. I counter what are you afraid of for him/her not wearing a mask. If you have had the shots, you’re good to go. If you are worried about others, stop. They had their opportunity, made choices and will have to live with them (or not). Since I am vaccinated, why should I need to wear a mask? I’ve had it with the mask. I complied reluctantly prior to the vaccine for others, while I believe that the “science” showing masks to be effective when everyone was wearing a mask is flawed. I think we can be done with the political song and dance.
My overall suggestion is to not wholesale take in what the media and politicians say (these directors are politicians, not practicing mds) and think for yourself.
Your “logic” makes no sense. Why do you feel derogatory remarks are necessary? You lose credence. That “codger” Boyle and I have had different opinions on a few things but it never denigrated to to name calling or putting the other down. We agreed to disagree and respected each other’s opinion.
Hey Joe, how’s Delaware?
Scott Anderson says
Since my argument makes no sense to you, I’ll try one last time to break it down Sesame Street style for you.
If you have the shot, you are not likely to get sick if/when you contract any of the first five variants of COVID-19. If you are not likely to get sick from contracting COVID, for your need, you do not need to wear a mask out of fear of getting sick. Other people have had ample opportunity to get the shot. They made the choice that they wanted to make. I know it’s hard for some to understand, but it’s freedom.
The reason for the personal attack is because we are all sick of lemmings trying to take freedom from the populous and act like we are the problem. We are tired of being told by the state, the newspaper, and other individuals what to do.
We need more Gails in the neighborhood!
Who is we? No, your are way off base about the vaccines being the cure all. The doctors and scientists have said all along the vaccines are NOT 100% effective. Guess what we, the majority, are tired of those who spout, sputter, and deny the science. It goes both ways, but we, the majority, don’t stoop to your immature rants. I’m sorry you have so little regard for the lives of others.