Ohio Republican Governor Mike DeWine wishes Trump “had a more happy relationship with masks.”
His state is suffering from its highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and DeWine understands how tone at the top works. When the President attends rallies in red states with tens of thousands of tightly-packed and unmasked supporters, what’s a Buckeye to do?
It reminds me of the day I walked into the office and my boss wasn’t wearing a tie. When I asked him why, he said his boss wasn’t wearing a tie the day before. His boss’ boss was the newly appointed CEO, who decided he wasn’t going to wear a tie to the office. By the end of that week, the entire corporate office was tie-less. No memos went out. We just followed the leader.
The fact is, we don’t need to be President or CEO to impact our corner of the world. We all have people looking up to us or depending on us. They watch our every move and will behave in ways they hope will gain our approval. It’s our responsibility to set the right tone.
Over 230,000 people have died of COVID-19 in the US. One thousand more just yesterday. Forty-seven percent more people were infected yesterday than 2 weeks ago (over 100,000 in one day).
Please wear your mask. It saves lives.