They’re uncomfortable, make your face sweat, and can cause ‘maskne’. Face masks, the new bra. But as much of a pain as they are to wear regularly, imagine the pain you’d be in if you contracted COVID-19. I don’t know about you, but personally, I would rather deal with wearing a mask than struggling to breathe until I possibly die.
Think I’m being overdramatic?
As of a couple of days ago, an American dies every 30 seconds from COVID-19. It’s getting colder outside, so people are gathering indoors. Why? Because apparently, Americans in particular just can’t follow the rules. Nothing has changed regarding guidelines for staying safe, yet people seem to think it’s okay to spend time in large groups of people in venues small and large.
Bill Nye, the Science Guy, recently took to TikTok to remind the world just why wearing a mask is so important, but most of all, why it’s effective. Masks work, but I swear, these days, those are fighting words.
My husband has a friend who has been exposed to COVID-19 because of his job. He’s not a healthcare worker, but he is a volunteer firefighter on the side. This friend refuses to stop working, refuses to quarantine, and worst of all, refuses to be tested.
I don’t understand it. This person is fully aware of the risks and consequences associated with COVID-19. He’s seen it firsthand. Yet, because he doesn’t want to miss a week of work, he’ll take the chance he’s COVID-19 positive and potentially spread the virus to others.
Joe Duncan published a comprehensive piece yesterday, detailing just how bad things are in America right now. Yes, it’s scary to think about, but not thinking about it, not taking precautions, will not change the facts. We are at 3,100 deaths per day. Over 280,000 people have died in America so far.
But Bill Nye shows it best. Look at the map. The areas where people are consistently masking up have fewer cases of COVID-19. It’s as simple as that.