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FRANK MARTIN, San Clemente

I am going to take exception to the letter to the editor of Jim Smith and Gregg Lancer regarding masks. Mr. Smith cites the fact that the CDC once said wearing a mask was only needed in certain cases. That is great if you selectively use your facts. 

Yes, the CDC said that—months ago, when the country faced a shortage of PPE. It wanted to make sure that supplies were sufficient for first responders and others on the front line. There were also questions about transmissibility of COVID-19. Those days are long past. The same goes for concerns about breathing carbon dioxide etc., etc. 

Masks help slow the spread of COVID-19.

These are the facts: The CDC, the WHO, the UC hospital system, the Scripps Hospitals, the Mayo Clinic, MD Anderson all recommend wearing a mask whenever in public. I could add hundreds more hospitals and doctors to this list. 

There are, of course, folks who are against masks. You can find them if you try. One such doctor also warns of various evil spirits; another is my neighbor down the street.

I, like everyone else, want this pandemic to go away. The best way to do that is follow the advice of the vast preponderance of experts. 

This is not political, and it has nothing to do with the First Amendment. It is just common sense. Please, we are all in this together.

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