Letters to the Editor

COVID-19 self-testing

Dear friends and family,

I make no claim to a medical background, however I have done much reading and observing of global issues regarding COVID-19, which I want to pass to my friends.

First, wear a mask. Even a cotton bandana will reduce your chances of contracting the virus by 60 percent. Your odds are even better with multi-layered masks. Chances of transmittal is greater in an indoor environment than outdoors.

Second, buy a digital thermometer and check you temp every day or two. If your temp gets much over 100 degrees F, that is a red flag.

Third, buy a “pulse-oximeter” ($25 to $50), available at most drug stores or online. It is easy to use by clipping on your finger and it does the rest automatically with a digital readout. It will display your blood oxygen saturation. If that is over 92 percent, you are probably in OK shape. If it starts dropping progressively to less than 90 percent, COVID-19 may have started to affect your lungs. This coupled with a fever should prompt you to get a COVID-19 test as soon as you can.

Be safe my friends and God speed.

Gary Dorall

Pioneer

Mask enforcement is a mandate, not a law

Webster’s Dictionary, and I quote, “the will of the people as made known by their votes in an election,” therefore, the Governor’s mandate is not a law. I am concerned with heartfelt thoughts for Robert Montgomery’s Letter to the Editor (Ledger Dispatch, July 10, 2020), stating “Time for mask enforcement” because of his health. But I do not want an enforced “mandate” to wear a mask … and Nicholas Ragusano’s Letter to the Editor (Ledger Dispatch, July 10, 2020), “We are the people and with not wearing a mask, it interferes with my and other’s right to life” … well, without wearing masks, we have rights also and it is not a law … do you not agree?

I have many issues of Mayo Clinic’s newsletters and I will be quoting from a 2006 newsletter headed “Pandemic Flu,” … “the 1918 strain, 102 years ago, was most lethal in adults in the prime of life” … no masks … 52 years ago, “in 1968, an influenza took place … large numbers of people were sick and died” … no masks … over the years, I remember many pandemic flu outbreaks, encumbering many people and with many deaths … there have been pandemics for centuries, one after another, and there will be others I’m sure.

Now, I realize the 2006 newsletter was long ago and modern technology has made some progress, but you cannot discount history and “masks” were not thought of during those periods. However, I believe masks are being worn in China, as a usual pandemic challenge has been ongoing over there for many years. That does not mean that we need to follow a mandate and not a law passed by “we the people.”

We are in a situation, for the second time around, to find ourselves in a much settle political overtone and as an excuse to dominate and set people apart, to deteriorate our economy that was booming, to limit worship in our churches, to cause dissension among our children with a drastic change in their lives without routine and social ability, and the harm to their well-being for the future … let’s give some thought to what is happening to our lives before our very eyes!

Georgia Fox

Sutter Creek

Freedom to not wear a mask

Editor's Note: The following is copied from a social media post made by Libby Jones in June and was submitted to the Ledger Dispatch by Kathony Jerauld of Amador City.

Welcome to the Freedom Cafe!

We trust you to make your own choices if you want to wear a face mask. And, in the same spirit of individual liberty, we allow our staff to make their own choices about the safety procedures they prefer to follow as they prepare and serve your food.

We encourage employees to wash their hands after using the bathroom, but understand that some people may be allergic to certain soaps or may simply prefer not to wash their hands. It is not our place to tell them what to do.

We understand that you may be used to chicken that has been cooked to 165 degrees. We do have to respect that some of our cooks may have seen a meme or a YouTube video saying that 100 degrees is fine and we do not want to encroach on their beliefs.

Some servers may wish to touch your food as they serve it. There is no reason that a healthy person with clean hands can’t touch your food. We will take their word for it that they are healthy and clean.

Water temperature and detergent are highly personal choices, and we allow our dishwashing team to decide how they’d prefer to wash the silverware you will put in your mouth.

Some of you may get sick, but almost everyone survives food poisoning. We think you’ll agree that it’s a small price to pay for the sweet freedom of no one ever being told what to do – and especially not for the silly reason of keeping strangers healthy.

Written by Libby Jones

Submitted by Kathony Jerauld

Amador City