To wear a mask or not wear a mask…..
This dilemma is creating arguments around the country. But is anyone listening to both sides of the argument or just digging their heels in to stand their ground?
I will be honest, I have not worn a mask once during this whole crisis. First off, besides my husband, I am literally not around another human being except for when we go to the grocery store. Grocery stores are pretty much the only things that have been opened for months here in Manchester, UK.
We go every other day to get our two day supply of food. We social distance in line to get in and also social distance inside the store. There is absolutely no way anyone would be getting any germs from my face. We also use hand sanitizer when we enter the store, wipe the cart with sanitizing wipes, and use the hand sanitizer as soon as we are ready to leave.
We don’t even go through the checkout line to pay for our groceries. Our store has an app and we scan the barcodes as we pick up products to purchase and pay for them on the app. Then we use our backpacks to carry them home. It is quite possibly the least amount of human contact anyone could ever have grocery shopping. So I have never felt the need to wear a mask. And I am not alone. I would say more than half of shoppers are not wearing masks.
For me, the masks create a level of personal anxiety that I am just not willing to go through. I am extremely claustrophobic and the idea of having my face mostly covered is very uncomfortable. And I am not alone in this. Many people have written to me, telling about their own horror stories of anxiety while wearing sweaty masks.
So we should just stay home right?
Think about that for just a moment.
The choices are severe anxiety attack or solitude at home, never leaving your house. All because certain doctors and scientists have suggested the practice of wearing a mask MAY help prevent the spread. And make no mistake, it is not definite that wearing a mask will prevent an infected person from spreading the virus. It is a MAYBE at best. And many doctors suggest it won’t stop the virus at all due to bad practices in using the masks. You could quite possibly be putting yourself and others at risk if you are using the mask improperly.
In the beginning, the CDC and doctors were telling us if we were not sick then don’t wear masks. The big reason for the announcement was to stop the run on masks. Let’s be honest here. People panic and buy up stuff (think about the toilet paper situation). And also people buy them up so they can charge a ridiculous price for them.
Science is not exact. It is forever changing. And as technology advances, we are able to learn and understand more. So to suggest that science knows everything about a virus that has been known to man for only a few months is absurd. The information has changed almost weekly about COVID-19 and my guess is, it will continue to change.
When SARS was discovered in 2003, scientists were continuously baffled by it and some actual papers described findings as “weird” – not a word that conveys confidence.
My point is, we can listen to scientists and doctors, but we need to listen to everyone and make educated decisions for ourselves especially when it comes to subjects like the appropriate response to the demand to wear a mask.
When I hear mayors like Mayor Garcetti of LA County, CA say you can go to the beach but not sit on the sand or others who say if you are outside at the beach or parks you must wear masks there as well, all I see and hear are power-hungry officials who are going too far.
When people are being arrested for being at the park with their kids or attending a church service in the church parking lot, or paddleboarding completely alone in the Pacific ocean, the government has severely overstepped their authority. And my hope is that the people in the communities will remember the power-hungry officials when the elections come around. It’s time to remember that the government works for us. They do not own us.
To me the most shocking thing to watch is the willingness of people to blindly follow without asking questions. I simply do not understand that mentality. Don’t they know that just because someone tells you it’s for your own good, does not mean it is. These are the people I refer to as sheeple.
For some, I think it is just a simple happy place for them to retreat to where they do not have to think or make decisions for themselves. They are happy to go along with whatever those in charge tell them to do because after all they are in charge so they must be smarter than the rest of us.
These are the people who are likely to wear their masks while driving like the person who was in a car accident that happened after they passed out because they were wearing their N95 mask too long inside of the car.
While I am sure most people would understand why wearing your mask inside of your car is, well, DUMB, the fact is there are still those who will do it.
And we have all seen the pics of the news reporters who are wearing masks while the cameras are rolling but the moment they believe they aren’t being watched they take them off.
Or how silly is it when Nancy Pelosi enters the room for a briefing she has her mask on then pulls it down around her neck when she speaks then pulls it back on, fussing with it when she leaves.
I mean, come on, who do these people think they are fooling?
But the worst response I have seen come from this mask debate is the attempt to guilt people into wearing masks. The “you want grandma to die” response. Or the “who in your family are you willing to sacrifice to die due to the virus” response. Crazy town!!
Honesty is important
No one wants anyone to die. But I have to be honest about how I feel about this.
There is a 100% chance I am going to immediately have anxiety from wearing the mask and I feel confident there is a 0% chance I am going to be the cause of anyone dying. So the guilt trip is completely wasted on me. I’m not buying into it.
I’m not going to be around grandma or anyone who feels vulnerable. I’m going to wash my hands. I’m going to cover my mouth if I sneeze or cough. I’m going to use sanitizer when needed. I’m going to do all of the things that a responsible person does.
The great thing about life is it is made up of choices. And the beauty of America is we are given the freedoms to make choices that are in our own best interests.
There may very well come a time that those in charge will make it an actual law that we MUST wear masks. And I will be wearing mine as I go to the polls to vote those people out of office.
Just remember, the whole reason for the lockdown was to flatten the curve and make it through flu season without overrunning our healthcare systems. The goal was never to eliminate the virus. That isn’t going to happen for a long time.
But now is a great time to work on herd immunity. There is no flu to worry about and we know so much more about how to help people with the virus.
It makes one wonder if there is another reason to continue to protect the population as a whole. Why not let those who can easily recover from the virus get the virus. Then there will be fewer people with it in the fall.
There are many questions that need to be answered.