Why be anonymous?


From: Debbie Sheets


I recently wrote a LTE urging people to continue to stay at home as much as possible to relieve the burden on the health care systems from the coronavirus. I wrote that nothing has changed about this virus that would warrant doing anything differently, simply because we want to leave our homes and be in contact with one another. Today I received, via the U.S. mail, a three-page single-spaced letter, no name and no return address, telling me that I have been duped by the U.S. government into believing in the existence of the coronavirus. That 5G is the real culprit of health troubles. That germ theory is disproven. Vaccines are dangerous. The flu is a good thing. Etc. Even though I don’t know many people who think this way, I have heard these perspectives before, but it is alarming to get such a letter from an anonymous person who somehow knew my address. Why be anonymous? That’s the part that felt more alarming than the content of the letter. But the content of the letter reminds me, again, of how polarized our country’s citizens are. It is clear that nothing I could say, as a health care professional, has any impact with this individual, and nothing he or she said has any impact with me, other than being alarmed that people think like this person does. In fairness, he or she probably is alarmed at people who think like I do. I always like to think that facts and truth will carry the day but I fear that might not really be true in today’s “alternative facts” environment.


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