As this pandemic drags on and local governments try to deal with the spread, they also must deal with those who feel their rights are violated with mask orders. These same people wear their seatbelts, most wear helmets when cycling, and to avoid being arrested for public nudity, they wear clothing.
On several occasions, I’ve seen people in stores without masks; I want to say something, but I know it will most likely cause a problem. Don’t these people care about others? I sure don’t think so. I think most of us are doing our best to wear masks, sanitize our hands, and keep a safe distance. Yes, it is not how we have lived most of our lives, and let’s hope it is not how we will live the rest of our lives.
I realize this blog post will not change the minds of those who feel so strongly about wearing a mask. I wonder if they are also going to refuse the vaccine when it is available? As someone who lives with COPD, I am in the vulnerable group and appreciate those who are doing their part to control the spread.
If you know someone who refuses to wear a mask, joins in large gatherings, or other dangerous activity, please use your influence to change their behavior.
Sure I knew that there is a National Institute of Health, but not very much about their mission. Neither did I pay much attention to the my County Health Department except when I took a food handlers course. That class made me somewhat of a germaphobe as I became aware of the dangers associated with food preparation.
Now, as a septuagenarian living in the age of Covid-19, it is easy for me to appreciate the cautions voiced by the likes of Dr. Fauci. What I don’t condone are those using the spread of the virus for political gain. I believe some politicians are taking advantage of the fears or assumptions some have in this country. They are looking for a short term advantage by promoting what they think their base wants to hear without regard for the facts. While the majority of Americans are looking for leadership.
The news about the pandemic is not favorable this week. By all accounts, there is a dramatic increase in the number of new cases and deaths. In Kansas, health experts report that people in their 20’s and 30’s make up the majority of those cases. Speculation is that the rise may well be the result of gatherings over Memorial Day.
The medical experts say those not wearing masks in public places exacerbate the problem. Those invincible young folks that are gathering in bars, parties, and preferred social settings are risking their health and that of their families.
Has wearing a mask to keep others safe become a political issue? I don’t understand how this violates anyone’s rights, as some claim. I am not crazy about wearing one as they are not comfortable, but I believe it is the right thing to do.
As crucial as the racism issue is, has it superseded the pandemic? Can we not give priority to both? This virus does not see color, and we need to care for each other. Do you wear a mask? Why or Why Not?