You Don't Have to Wear a Face Mask? Newsflash: There's a Pandemic by Dawn Taylor
When I hear people say they won't wear a face mask during the coronavirus pandemic because it's their right not to, I am often at a loss as how to respond. Here's what I would like to say to those people (OK, I sometimes do say them out loud):
- Why do you wear clothes when you go out in public? No shirt, no shoes, no service seems to have gone over well and no one would die from you being naked but still that caught on quickly.
- Why do you wear a seat belt? I grew up when there were still cars without seat belts built in and had a brother who fell out of the car on a highway when he was just a toddler. Seat belts and seat belt laws are respected and when they aren't, people pay a fine. And recently in my state of New York, drivers are responsible for all of their passengers buckling up. Hmm, so they are sort of accountable for other people. I like that concept.
- Why don't you smoke indoors? I grew up when people smoked everywhere. Finally, smoking indoors was banned because it was apparent that second hand smoke was harmful to others. Again, we are accountable for what we do especially when it affects other's health.
- You find it hard to breathe when you wear a mask? You know who has a hard time breathing? Someone with COVID-19. And it's especially difficult if they've been intubated.
I am frankly just as tired as everyone else with the pandemic, but I will continue to wear a mask. I can protect others by doing so. We are in the fall surge now and the numbers are STAGGERING.
My newest response to people: Just wear the damn mask. So we don't have to hear you talking nonsense.
Thanks for listening.
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