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Wed Oct 21, 2020, 10:43 PM

I Should Have Worn a Mask - Chris Christie's WSJ op-ed

For seven months I was very careful about mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing. As someone with asthma, I knew I faced heightened risk. Then, at the Rose Garden nomination event for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, and during debate preparations with President Trump, I let my guard down and left my mask off. I mistook the bubble of security around the president for a viral safe zone. I was wrong. There is no safe zone from this virus.

Three days after the presidential debate, I still felt fine. Thenóall within 24 hoursócame the fever, chills and body aches, severe pain and utter exhaustion, and hospitalization in the intensive-care unit. A week in the ICU offers time to reflect. I was fortunate to have good insurance, a fine hospital and the latest treatments. But I was also conscious of the virusís unpredictability. My doctors came in twice a day, told me I was doing better, and warned me that I could take a turn for the worse at any minute. Everyone in the hospital with Covid hangs on a thin thread.

When you get this disease, it hits you how easy it is to prevent. We are asked to wear cloth over our mouth and nose, wash our hands and avoid crowds. These minor inconveniences can save your life, your neighbors and the economy. Seldom has so little been asked for so much benefit. Yet the message will be broadly heeded only if it is consistently and honestly delivered by the media, religious leaders, sports figures and public servants. Those in positions of authority have a duty to get the message out.

One of the worst aspects of Americaís divided politics is the polarization of something as practical as a mask. Itís not a partisan or cultural symbol, not a sign of weakness or virtue. Itís simply a good methodónot a perfect one, but a proven oneóto contain a cough or prevent the virus from getting in your mouth or nose. Wear it or you may regret itóas I did. This doesnít settle the larger political and scientific debate on how fast to reopen businesses and institutions. I remain a supporter of both strong public-health measures and rapid reopening. If leaders level with the American people, we can trust in the outcome. When Americans are given proper and consistent information, they will overwhelmingly make good health choices, including the wearing of masks. But that doesnít work if partisan media and public officials send mixed messages.

Those who deny the scientific realities of the pandemic undermine conditions that allow for rapid and complete reopening. They encourage behavior that invites personal tragedy and social regulation. People need encouragement to do the right thing, not excuses not to. A Covid Collaborative poll found that while 86% of Americans think mask-wearing in public places is effective, only half are wearing masks 90% of the time.

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It is never comfortable to deliver real criticism that includes yourself. But it was a serious failure for me, as a public figure, to go maskless at the White House. I paid for it, and I hope Americans can learn from my experience. I am lucky to be alive. It could easily have been otherwise.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/i-should-have-worn-a-mask-11603315968 (subscription)



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Wed Oct 21, 2020, 10:46 PM

1. Still Voting For The Guy Who Almost Killed You?

Of Course You Are!

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Wed Oct 21, 2020, 10:47 PM

2. Every big name christofascist who gets CV and lives gives credence to the Pig's position.

They are letting themselves get sick to further their cause

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Wed Oct 21, 2020, 10:49 PM

3. wanna apologize for asking the elderly to sacrifice themselves for the economy???

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Wed Oct 21, 2020, 11:32 PM

4. Yeah, right guv. All that time to think in the ICU, and it's the media'sfault is what you came up w

With? If Trump had told his cult to wear masks they would all have worn them and we know it. He still wonít do it.

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Thu Oct 22, 2020, 02:24 AM

5. Chris Christie knew this about masks before the rose garden event and he

knew this before doing debate prep with Trump. He didnít wear a mask to impress his boss and he was gutless. Itís shameful and embarrassing and dangerous to other people. If he is Christie said he was voting for Joe Biden we would know he found his ethics and cared about human life. Heís an opportunist. Period.

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Thu Oct 22, 2020, 02:54 AM

6. Typical Republican. Unless it is about them personally, they don't

care about the other person.

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