There should be no debate. The wearing of face masks in a time of a highly communicable virus is the responsible thing to do. The coronavirus will not stop at the count line or the 'Welcome to Florida' sign. The coronavirus does not care if you are a Democrat or Republican or Independent. It is an equal opportunity Infector. As with so many issues in our currently polarized society, even a killer disease is now being judged through a partisan lens. This is not a political issue. Wearing a mask is not a political statement. This is an issue of the health and welfare of the nation.

The coronavirus is not going to miraculously disappear. It has not gone away with the deasonal change of the weather. It will continue to spread through big cities and small towns , causing untold damage to our families and friends, neighbors and communities. Until there is a cvaccine available and is able to be widely dispenseed, coronavirus will be with us. As for the idea of 'herd immunity'; when a large, usually 60-70% of the population, has become infected so that they are immuse to the disease, America is currently about 200 million infections away from that plateau.

With certain issues, we must put politics aside and, in unison, support what is best for all. The public health community is in strong agreement that everybody wearing a face covering will slow the spread of this vicious disease. Of course, as always there are fringe outliers that have alternative theories but, in science we follow the overwhelming consensus.

The wearing of face coverings should not be the subject of debate. It should not be a political ping pong ball bounced back and forth across a table. This is literally a matter of life and death.

Wear a mask and remember, the life you save may be your own.