Tis the season of the infamous pandemic aka COVID-19. While many are scrambling for safety, or searching for jobs, others are working risky essential jobs as many careless shoppers refuse to take safety precautions. Many of these shoppers have either become patients or caused others to become patients because some refuse to wear a face mask wash their hands or socially distance themselves. I have always shared how important using wisdom is when making decisions. Wearing a face mask is no exception. In fact it is not just for the new virus, but it protects from old germs too. Gone are the days when you thought you looked silly wearing a mask. This is now the “new norm”. There are a least 3 reasons to wear a face mask:
A Face Mask Helps Protect You From Inhaling Aerosol of Any Kind
Whether you are in a large crowd or standing over six feet away from one person, if someone sneezes, you could be an easy target. Guess why? It is because almost invisible aerosol spray from a cough or sneeze or even a disinfectant is forced into the air like Newton’s Third Law. There is a forced action and forced reaction. Also when one coughs or sneezes, droplets spread like wildfire that can cover an entire room with enough force. Before the 6 foot rule was recommended in the U.S., I thought that 6 feet was not far enough to avoid the path of a pathogen such as a virus.
Instead of taking chances, I used my first face mask that was given to me to wear outside the home. I’ve even had to use a mask in my own home when around pollen or when a family member was sick. I’ve heard the excuse, “I can’t breathe with a mask on. No worries, there are breathable cone-shaped masks such as the fashionable cone-shaped face mask that has replaceable coffee filters and comes in a pack of 4. Which is worse – your inability to breathe with a face mask, or your inability to breathe without one via COVID-19?
A Face Mask Can Act As a Reminder
You may ask, “What reminder is that?” A face mask can help remind you to avoid touching your face. Most of us touch our face countless times a day without even thinking about it. Can you imagine the times you’ve touched your face after touching other objects and surfaces? Nowadays, you can never be too careful. The many times you touch your face, ask yourself how often do you wash your hands? Even if you are an avid hand-washer with the OCD traits of Howard Hughes, it is very difficult to jump up to wash your hands every time you (without thinking) touch your face. This especially applies when you are at work, although nowadays, many office jobs are making exceptions when you get sticky fingers from too much flammable hand sanitizer.
A Face Mask Can Protect Others From You
Yes it is a two-way street and goes both ways. As gross as it is, I have witnessed strangers sneeze and cough into their mask. It is a good idea from protecting others, but it just seems risky to re-exposed yourself to any germs. I personally don’t like doing that, so I keep tissue or a sleeve for that action. My face mask is reserved for breathing into it instead of on others.
Since this virus is so new to us, it is best to avoid it at all cost. I personally have been exposed to it in my own home and while working but fortunately and by the grace of God, I never got sick and I also tested negative each time. At the time, my face masks were reserved for outerwear, including grocery stores and even my own back yard during pollen season. Now since being asymptomatic is possible, wearing a mask or a scarf prevents the spread of infection to others. Also as a reminder, you do NOT have to wear a face mask or face covering when you are alone such as alone in your car or home. You will need to breathe oxygen, not carbon dioxide.
Of course there are more than a few reasons for wearing a face mask, but these a few of the most important reasons to cover your face. If we can not agree on anything else as more businesses continue to reopen, one thing we should all agree own nowadays is to treat our face mask like the traditional American Express card – we should never leave home without it.
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