I am the chairman of the board of North Fork Senior Connections, and I would like to
make a plea on behalf of our treasured senior community members. I want to ask
everyone, for the protection of our elders, to wear a face mask whenever they go into
indoor public places. Let me explain why that is important.
I’m not sure it’s fully understood why mask wearing is an important defense against the
coronavirus. While it may offer slight protection to the wearer, the most important
function is to limit the spread of the virus from the wearer who is infected and doesn’t
know it yet. It is an act that protects your fellow community members.
You may feel confident that you don’t carry the virus, and, thankfully, you’re probably
right. The case rate in Delta County is pretty low so far. But it’s not zero. New cases are
reported every two or three days, so we know the virus is present in our county. Where
is it present? Who has it? I don’t know – do you? What’s more concerning is the ever-
present possibility of new infections being brought in from other areas. This can cause
an outbreak, and thanks to the 10-14 day incubation period, it can be off and running
before anyone realizes what’s happening. You only need to look at some states very
close to Colorado to see what can happen.
Here’s my question: are you willing to bet my life, or the lives of any of our vulnerable
seniors, that you don’t have the virus. I certainly hope you’re not willing to make that
bet, and that you will wear a face covering any place that you might encounter one of
our valued elders, or even encounter someone who might be in contact with them.
Thanks for your consideration in protecting your community.
North Fork Senior Connections