I will wear a mask, but I don’t like it

Face masks have become our spring and summer fashion accessories. From the clinical N-95 look to superheroes to just plain colors we don them to enter stores and restaurants. Clothing manufacturers have started including them as part of a match set in clothing items. Etsy CEO, John Silverman, reported they have over 100,000 sellers on the site selling masks. Etsy buyers are supporting small businesses.

Masks are not all that comfortable. For those who wear glasses, there are fogging issues. At first, scientists waffled on how effective they were but have now landed on masks being a solid preventive measure. One more barrier between the #COVID19 germ and our bodies.

The media rhetoric and reporting of percentages and numbers have our heads spinning over what is really going on. I have no idea how these microscopic particles jump around. But they are. The medical researchers are learning about this virus with each case. We probably will not know for a while the full story of #COVID19 and the true impact of wearing the mask.

With all the unknowns of the #virus, we must make our own decisions about how to navigate social distancing, mask-wearing, and staying #healthyathome. We need to respect how each of us chooses to handle all of this. Let’s not judge those who choose not to wear a mask, attend large functions, and don’t social distance. Just as in any other situation we don’t know the whole story. I would however ask that you also think just outside yourself. While you are caring for yourself, think about others. Think in terms of living as a member of the community. Think about the most fragile person you know. If wearing a mask protects them more than yourself, wear it.

This too will pass. And when it does, we will be a changed people. Those who lost loved ones will heal. And perhaps we can continue to think of others above our own comfort. And I will host a mask-burning party.

All the best,

KK


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