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FRAMINGHAM — Hi Fellow Citizens without masks.

I support the Framingham Board of Health recommendations to keep people safe in our community.

I want to ask you to wear a mask for your family, neighbors, friends, strangers, for me and for the first responders and hospital doctors, nurses and staff, and after you read this, wear one for yourself.   Why? 

This is one sneeze from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA):

Note: x-axis is measured in METERS, not feet. 7-8 meters = 23-26 FEET. 
Please remember Covid-19 is highly contagious.

An asymptomatic person like you walking along who sneezes and/or coughs will leave an aerosol cloud of Covid-19 in their wake for yards, slowly dissolving and landing on surfaces. These sprays of contagious Covid-19 can occur outside on sidewalks, parking lots, takeout lines, gas pumps, and inside grocery stores, building halls and doors, pharmacies, bathrooms, post offices, and on to tables, counters, your clothes, bags, and anywhere the miniscule Covid-19 virus droplets land. 

Anyone walking through this cloud can inhale the virus without a mask.

Multiple sneezes and coughs? More clouds and longer trails of airborne Covid-19.  

That’s why you wear a mask:  To reduce or eliminate the clouds. No mask is perfect but any masks are better than none. 

Now, please get real about whom you could be sickening, especially those with high risks: COPD (mom), high blood pressure (friends, dad), diabetes (co-workers, strangers), stents (postal worker), acute asthma (your nephew, me), cancer & chemo therapy (strangers), older (grandma, grocery worker), …   
They need to wear masks to try to protect themselves from you. 

Breathing in the Covid-19 will sicken them or worse.

And not just them! For first responders and medical staff, every additional exposure increases their likelihood of contacting Covid-19. 

Please wear a mask to help keep everyone safe – including you.

We support the Framingham Board of Health recommendations.

Maureen Dunne and C. Patrick Dunne

Framingham residents -District 4

By editor

Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.