January 17th, 2021

Toast twists what Dr. Hinshaw actually said

By Letter to the Editor on October 16, 2020.

The reason we mask against COVID is not because “anybody has the potential to spread the virus” whether they are infected or not, a claim which appeared in Roast and Toast on Tuesday, Oct. 6. On average, individuals infected with COVID show no symptoms for four to five days and this period can last as long as 14 days. During that time, those infected individuals can spread COVID.

Dr. Hinshaw has never changed what she said about wearing masks, recently reported on Sept. 10: “The more people who wear face masks, the more our community and those around us are protected.” It’s important that this Toast to Dr. Hinshaw be retracted as it is completely erroneous.

I am a 67-year-old grandma (two grandkids) and compromised health. For many of my friends and I, the hard reality is that if we get COVID, it’s likely that we will die in hospital. My two grandsons are both home from school because one of them developed a sore throat and was required to get a COVID test. Results will not be available until next week – so at best, there goes a week of Grade 1 in the second month of school and, at worst, a COVID infection.

Lethbridge has done a great job so far in containing COVID – let’s get a grip! This isn’t rocket science and it’s not hard – we can get this under control if we are sensible and pay attention to what Dr. Hinshaw actually says.

Leslie Lavers


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