By Letter to the Editor on September 23, 2020.
After my great-great-grandparents lost one of their sons in the trenches of the First World War, other relatives died in the flu pandemic of 1918. A couple of decades later, a great-aunt of mine died of TB. In the 1950s, a cousin contracted polio prior to the vaccination being available. He had a severely withered leg and never walked properly.
I am sure all their family members would have preferred the option of using hand sanitizers, staying socially distant, and wearing masks if it would have meant that none of them died or were maimed by preventable health conditions. Freedom to die of TB was not a movement back in the day.
Everything we in Lethbridge have done so far has prevented the spread of COVID in our community. This isn’t fear – it’s common sense. Why would we stop now?