Coronavirus transmission may be primarily airborne, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. That’s not exactly breaking news, but it goes to the heart of public safety, protecting our health and plain old thoughtfulness for your fellow man.

New guidance from the CDC suggests the novel coronavirus, which is thought to have jumped from a Chinese bat to the human lung in December 2019, is spread mainly from airborne sources, including respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. The droplets can land in the mouths or noses of nearby people, or be inhaled into their lungs.

Which brings us to the most important point: a lot of people aren’t wearing masks in places of gathering and a lot of businesses, which post signs saying no mask, no entry, are letting people in without masks.

Conclusion: People who don’t wear masks and the businesses that enable them are not team players. And they have no consideration for our health and safety.

“If [the CDC] is right and the major transmission source is airborne, it takes you back to wear a mask,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday at his daily coronavirus briefing in his Manhattan office. “First responders have a lower infection rate than the general population. Why? Because they wear the mask and use the hand sanitizer.”

We can’t emphasize strongly enough how urgent it is to practice social distancing and wear masks or facial coverings. To all the people who don’t wear masks in public places and businesses that flout their own rules, we’re calling you out.

Maybe this will help convince you: wearing a mask can mean the difference between life and death.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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