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BILL PRESTRIDGE, San Clemente

I started the day walking about a mile of the beach trail, seeing about four or five people wearing masks, myself included, and most of the people walking in groups of three, four and five were shoulder-to-shoulder talking and spewing germs wearing no masks.

During a dinner last month, I watched the news, which stated that over 3,000 people (one every 30 seconds) died in the U.S. of COVID-19 that day. I finished the day watching the first race of the America’s Cup World Series in New Zealand (a sailing event) on my computer. 

I noticed that no one in the New Zealand crowd was wearing a mask. I did some research and learned that New Zealand has fewer cases of COVID than our White House because of their social behavior at the beginning of the pandemic. New Zealand was COVID-free in August. 

Wake up, San Clemente. You can get COVID if you are outside walking next to someone shoulder-to-shoulder for 30 minutes or less without a mask. 

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