Letter to the Editor: Reader who identifies as an early COVID-19 survivor rejects Walmart mask mandate

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Dear editor:

I am a recovered survivor of COVID-19. I’m a victim of coronavirus way back from the December/January clusters that nobody tested or knew that COVID-19 was possible. It was “just a bad flu” when most of Fort Thomas had it.

My family has begged to have antibody testing so we could donate blood to help other victims. Our doctor shrugged it off and said “don’t bother” because the swabs hurt and we’ll be negative after recovering so long ago. Those of us who are sure we have had it and recovered are not rewarded or recognized in any way.

The tyrants and dictators at Walmart’s front door telling everyone that masks are required now is ridiculous. As an American in Arizona, I have the right to choose what I wear and what I don’t want to wear. I’m not wearing a cowboy hat and boots just because my neighbors do and I shouldn’t be forced by a 20-year-old punk at Walmart’s front door to wear a mask.

If you want to wear one to protect yourself please do so but has anyone bothered to realize that most of us have recovered and are not contagious or worried about contaminating others? Please wear your masks if you haven’t had it yet because I barely survived but leave me alone about masking up still just because everyone else is doing it.

This is Arizona, I’ll be me and leave you alone and you let me be me by leaving me alone in return. Freedom of choice is ours individually. If I don’t have a mask on people think I’m rude. All I can say is recognize that some of us maskless people are survivors without any rewards.

Jamie Lee Guest

Fort Thomas

Editor’s Note: Private businesses requiring the use of masks while utilizing their facilities does not infringe on anyone’s rights and is the right of the business. Please do not harass employees of such businesses who are simply doing their jobs as mandated by their corporate offices.

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