Here is our reality… we in California, where I reside, are coming up towards our FOURTH month of being socially distant from our loved ones, places of work, schools and more. I know many of you reading share my experience.
Now I am no scientist. But, I trust those who have a huge amount of time invested in the study of infectious diseases, viruses and pandemics. So, when these experts tell me to wear a mask, stay away from large groups and practice distancing myself from others for my health and theirs – I do it.
Why am I writing the obvious? Well, it appears that these recommendations are not that obvious, after all. Some people scream it is their RIGHT to not wear a mask. Or they just won’t do it because this Covid 19 is a scam created by conspiracy theorists to sway elections, our school system, our economy and on and on.
I am going to digress for a brief history lesson. I am pretty sure that our forefathers did not have a Covid 19 pandemic on their minds as they formulated the Declaration of Independence and all the prior and subsequent ancillary documents needed to lead a country. Additionally, no where in any of the documents in the National Archive, that I know of, does it say you will lose your American-ism if you don a cloth over your mouth to stay healthy from a virus. If I am wrong- please comment below.
What?!? COVID 19 isn’t man-made? It isn’t a creation to bring the world to a giant halt? What is it?
Folks, I hate to break it to you. But, COVID 19 was caused by a bad chain of events that resulted in a virus that we can’t get a handle on – yet. Nothing more. Nothing less. It is a lethal virus. No one created it. No one formulated it in a lab to use as a way to sway anyone or anything. It is a virus. Sadly, it is a virus that seems to have longevity and is outsmarting us – for now. This Johns Hopkins Video is very insightful:
“It is a new kind of corona virus we haven’t seen before”
What did happen was that 9.8 million people worldwide have contracted this insidious disease. Hundreds of thousands have died. Would a mask have made a positive difference and saved lives? Maybe. But, I am willing to bet that not wearing a mask has made a negative difference.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
As humans we have great reasoning skills and that helps us to make informed rationale choices. Want to help flatten or get rid of the curve for COVID 19? Start by using your brain – literally- and wear a mask.
Now I understand that masks are cumbersome, hard to breathe in warm weather, etc. Some people are concerned that they may “die” if they wear a mask due to carbon monoxide poisoning. The Cleveland Clinic answered many questions about wearing a mask in this brief article.
Lastly, I did some investigating on fashionable, fun and functional masks. Here are some of my favorites and how to order them.
5) These companies offer a clear – see through window to see your mouth through the mask. An excellent idea for the Deaf community , etc.