Masks Save Lives.
The words appeared on a tombstone-shaped sign 23-year-old rookie special education teacher Lizzie Hansen carried at a demonstration last month, urging her South Dakota school board to mandate masks when the school year begins.
The board did go from terming masks “recommended” to deeming them “expected.” But it stopped short of what all the authoritative science says it should do.
“It’s not a requirement,” Hansen noted in an interview.
To make it worse, Hansen recently began spotting bikers rumbling through her part of eastern South Dakota on their way to the once legendary, and now notorious, annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis. A quarter-million people or more are currently in the middle of nine days of partying, often completely without masks or social distancing, as if there were no pandemic.
She calculated the threat as if it were