The coronavirus pandemic in the United States started in the middle of March. We were given two simple pieces of advice to avoid becoming ill:
. Social distancing-avoid large crowds and keep a distance of six feet between you and other people.
. WEAR A PROTECTIVE MASK!
Pretty simple, right? Easy to understand, right?
So why are we still seeing people in public not wearing a mask?
Monday morning I rode on a suburban train into the city. There were four people at my station. Two weren’t wearing masks. Doing the simple math, that’s fifty percent.
Next stop was on a city bus. Only one person wasn’t wearing a mask. Naturally, he jumped in front of everyone to get off the bus first.
While downtown, there was a couple walking in front of me holding hands. Neither of them were wearing a mask.
Finally, on a return bus out of the city, a woman had a mask, but it was tied around her neck instead of on her face.
Why? WHY? WHY???
I understand why people don’t want to wear a mask. No one does. It’s makes breathing hard. It fogs up your glasses. It’s uncomfortable. It’s a major pain in the ass! Like I said, I get it! But what’s a little discomfort compared to your life? Think about the people who have to wear masks eight hours or more for their jobs. Doctors, nurses, grocery store workers, restaurant workers and so many others do it. If they can, you can do it for a short time when you go run an errand or go for a walk in a crowded area.
I can only think of a couple of reasons why anyone wouldn’t wear a mask:
. Donald Trump isn’t wearing one.
. You think the pandemic is behind us.
If it’s about Trump…C’MON!!! If it’s because you really think the pandemic is over, check the numbers in states like Texas, Arizona and ten other states where cases of coronavirus, hospitalizations and deaths are spiking.
This is the second time I’ve written about people not wearing masks. The first time was early in the pandemic. I’m giving them a break because they may not have known better. Three months later, you have no excuse…ZERO! People, we can and need to do better. Do it for yourself. Do it for the people around you. Just do it!
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