Why is there such a debate over wearing a mask?
Masks are not Republicans or Democrats. They are not some great threat to your freedom. No one is trying to impose a huge dress code on the United State. A mask is just a mask.
Lately, people seem to be attaching so much meaning to a simple face covering. From an infringement on their rights to an indication of political affiliation, some have lost track of the main reason behind covering your face.
A mask is an effort to save lives and protect the most vulnerable.
There is no sinister agenda or attempt to control behavior.
Obviously, I’m not a doctor, and these are all my opinions. I’m not an expert, just using common sense and science. And a lot of compassion.
What the Mask is all about
The masks that are made for everyday use are not designed to protect the wearer. I’m not talking about medical grade or filtered ones. Instead, fabric or disposable. They are to stop the spread of the droplets from your nose and mouth from getting to other people. If everyone is wearing a mask, the spread of virus particles is greatly reduced. This small barrier can reduce the chances of viral spread, which is especially important for those that can’t wear a mask, like young children.
Why a mask is an easy choice for me
The simple reason is, if I can stop myself from infecting someone with anything, I will do it. How can anyone not want to help someone else?
At a time when very little is in our control related to this virus, a little thing like a mask is important. I like to feel like I’m doing my part, or at least a little bit of something, to help. I want to set a good example for my children.
When I went to pick up my groceries from curbside delivery, the worker was wearing a mask. It made me feel good. She wore it properly and did not complain. Now, it was probably not her choice, but it made me feel safe and like she cared. If I can do that for the people that serve me and the people that take care of me, I will do it.
It’s the least I can do for the people that put their health on the line everyday in their essential jobs.
The Benefits outway the Risks and Costs
Covid is new, unknown, and scary. I can’t be 100% sure that I don’t have it. Some people have symptoms, while others do not.
I would feel absolutely heartbroken if I unknowingly passed it to someone else. My parents are older, my twins were micro preemies, and I know many other high risk individuals. Some people can’t wear masks for medical reasons. Small children can’t wear a mask either.
I do not want to be the reason they are sick, isolated from their loved ones, in the hospital, or fighting for their life.
Simple choices, minor inconveniences
Wearing a mask isn’t a hard thing to do. No, it’s not comfortable. Yes, it is hot. Would I prefer not wearing a mask? Of course. However, people are getting sick, and people are dying.
No matter what you think of the virus response or of the government, you need to consider your fellow man. Do you want to be a helper or do you want to possibly hurt people? What is the kind, responsible thing to do?
Nurses and doctors wear masks all day long. They do not complain. Grocery clerks, waiters, and hairdressers all wear masks all day long too. They are trying to protect you and make you feel safe.
You don’t have to wear it for a long time, but the impact you make is lasting.
If you don’t wear a mask, don’t go out.
I know this may sound harsh. However, if you’re not willing to do your part, you should make sacrifices. You’re bored staying at home? Too bad. You need a haircut? Let it grow or try to cut it yourself. Your kids need social interaction? Have virtual playdates.
Or just cover your face and go out.
At this time, you can get almost everything delivered, picked up, or virtually. It may not be the same, but nothing is. Grocery delivery, curbside pick-up, and take out food are great options. There is free pick-up offered at almost every grocery store in our area, including Target, even though our state has been open since May. They take coupons and have sales, just like inside the store.
Or you can just wear a mask and go in.
Until last week, I had not stepped foot inside of a grocery story since March. We got all of our food essentials curbside. Even toilet paper and soap came right to my car. My prescriptions get mailed to me free of charge. I cut all the boys hair with clippers and trimmed my ends. My husband cut his own.
Of course you may need to still go to the doctor, but I’m betting they will make you wear a mask.
We’re all doing our best
I’m not writing this post to shame or criticize anyone who can’t wear a mask. Everyone has their own stuff, so there are always exceptions to the rule. I just believe that if you can help someone or protect them, you should.
A mask is a very simple, effective way to do just that.
Even if you don’t believe a mask offers protection to anyone, what is the harm in wearing one while you run into a store? Or deposit a check at the bank? I’m not here to debate the effectiveness, but to ask you to think about making a small sacrifice to give essential workers peace of mind.
My greatest hope is that you stay healthy!