The Public Health Officer Emergency — High Country News – Know the West – High Country News


Your impressively thorough article, “The Public Health Officer Emergency” (October 2021), was distressing. The defiant attitudes and mean-spirited tactics of the vociferous opponents of professional medical guidance concerning the COVID-19 epidemic are chilling. They apparently do not care about protection of their fellow citizens, their own personal vulnerability or the tragic impacts on overwhelmed medical facilities. It seems so simple. Mask up and get vaccinated as many millions of us have willingly done, and we can get out of this mess. Mandates would not be needed if it were looked upon as a civic duty … like putting out campfires.  

Clayton Parr
Draper, Utah

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