How fortunate for Jaime McMillan that he recovered from COVID-19 with the help of Mercy hospital staff, and has a profession that allows him to stay home, not miss any days of work and keep his paychecks coming in (“It is time to unmask the fear gripping us,” June 12).
He also appears to live in his own bubble. The medical staff who helped him heal don’t have those options. Nor do the waitstaff and store clerks who are keeping Durango’s economy going. Some of them may not have a large enough savings account to fall back on or insurance to cover them should they become ill.
Some tourists may come to Durango to experience a “rugged” Western city, but they don’t expect to leave here with a life-threatening illness. Nor should hardworking locals be expected to put their lives at risk from ill, unmasked visitors or locals who expect the risk to others is acceptable as long as they get a good hamburger somewhere and a “rugged” experience.
Widen your world, Mr. McMillan, and take some personal responsibility to help keep others safe. Like it or not, we are all in this together. It’s not just about you.