Editor: Global COVID-19 deaths: 5-17 million. U.S. deaths: More than 800,000. Colorado deaths: 10,000+. Many times this number long-term or permanently disabled.
Since there are no global public health measures to prevent the spread of the virus, we leave it up to nations.
Since there are next to no federal public health measures, we leave it up to states.
Since there are next to no Colorado public health measures, we leave it up to counties.
Since there are next no public health measures in most counties, and the ones that have them almost never enforce them, we leave it up to private businesses.
Which means the best protection we have against spreading the virus where people gather, particularly grocery stores, is masking. Yet barely any Colorado businesses enforce masking. The stated reason? Fear of anti-masker violence.
If lawmakers choose to pass the buck of public health down to grocery store employees, we must have a law to protect them when they ask customers to mask up.
We at Colorado Covid Watch (a citizen watchdog group of medical professionals and journalists) expect our elected officials to quickly pass a law that would incur steep penalties for anyone threatening violence over public health measures, while making assault or battery in such instances a felony, akin to existing hate crime laws.
Anything less from our lawmakers is to effectively stand aside during one of the deadliest crises modern civilization has ever faced.
— Josh Schlossberg, via [email protected]