Let’s Talk Masks

Hey y’all, so I try not to get political too much, but unfortunately, I am about to hit my limit. So let’s talk masks.

Light blue one use medical protective masks
Pile of Masks

First of all, when did wearing a mask become a political statement? Did you know in Asian cultures it is common to see people wearing a mask if they have a common cold? Yup, they are so considerate of others around them that they try to not spread their germs, even if it’s just a cold. I know several people I’ve worked with who’ve come in with much worse and coughed or sneezed all over the office without a care. Gross then, but the thought now is especially gross.

So we’re seeing people all over the world wearing masks to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Seems logical to me, especially based on what the scientists have said about how it spreads and how we can cut down on the amount of transmissions. But if this is such an easy task, why is it Americans are freaking out over wearing masks?

It’s So Simple, What’s the Issue?

It’s a piece of fabric, you can buy one anywhere, you can coordinate them to your outfits, and more than that, you can protect your neighbors and fellow citizens from getting a horrible disease that has killed more than 200,000 Americans so far. I have several masks myself, and I make sure one is with me every single time I go out, whether it’s on a walk or out to a store or a doctor’s office.

If you don’t want to buy one, then you can make one. There are so many different templates and how to’s that you may just learn you love sewing and making masks. You could start a business even! Turn this into something good, like a new hobby or a new business venture.

Oh Karen

But sadly, especially in the area I live in, I seem to be surrounded by Karens who think wearing a mask, or wearing one properly, will cause them to die instantly. The other day, I was in a doctor’s office, a DOCTOR’S OFFICE, and some other woman was in there, and I noticed her mask was down below her nose. So, I said, “Ma’am, your mask is under your nose, I think it slipped down.” Giving her the benefit of the doubt of just not realizing what had happened. She looks up, glares at me, and says “Yeah, I know.” So this super old woman who was wheezing, not a great sign, is purposely not wearing her mask properly…and for what? So she can infect others? So she can die from this?

I don’t know about you guys, but I have a goal to not catch the virus. It’s something I’m striving very hard towards, but the people I’ve seen around when I do go out, which is not much, appear to have the opposite goal. I had to get an oil change for my car, and had three separate people walk in without masks on. One guy put his on after he got in the store at least, but the other two didn’t. And of course, no one did anything about it. I get not wanting a confrontation, I truly do, I hate them, but I had to physically bite my tongue. Not only that, but no one seems to realize just what 6 feet means. Maybe I need to start carrying a tape measure around…

What Science Says

To me, it just makes sense. Studies have shown, if 95% of Americans wore masks, we’d be pretty much done with coronavirus. Do you know how many surveyed said they wear a mask every time they go out? 49%. Yup, pretty sad. So think on that. The longer only 49% of Americans wear masks, the longer things stay closed. The longer other countries keep us from traveling to them. The more people die from this.

If you don’t wear a mask, please, I am asking you, wear a damn mask. It’s not to take away your rights, it’s not to harm you in any way, shape or form. It’s simply to protect those around you who could get sick. Wouldn’t you want someone to do the same for your grandmother or for your friend who is sick with cancer? I certainly would, and it’s disappointing to see so many people fight about the masks and choose not to wear one. They can get hot, they can get uncomfortable, I know, I live in Florida, but there are great options that are lightweight and comfortable, and work great in the heat. So please, once again, I ask you, wear a damn mask. And if you already do, then thank you! Thank you for trying to protect those who could become seriously ill or die from this and trying to stop the spread. Thank you for thinking about others.

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