As I walk or ride my bike outside, I notice how few people in Beverly wear protective masks. It’s about one in 10.

This is a surprise to me because of all the publicity about covering your mouth and nose. This is especially important in stores where people are close together.

The first thing I do whenever I leave home is to put my mask on. If you can’t buy a mask, please wear a bandana, scarf or handkerchief.

I must be especially careful because I have heart problems due to exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam; I can’t afford to get sick.

Protect yourself and others by making the smart decision to always cover your mouth and nose.

We will get through this.

Steve Nelson