Are you somebody who finds yourself questioning whether or not to wear a face mask?
As you have probably figured out by now, COVID-19 isn’t going away. In fact, the US is experiencing the exact opposite. Instead of seeing a decline in case, we are seeing new records day after day.
Top medical professionals are estimating that a vaccine could be another 6 to 7 months away at the earliest. With the route we are on and with colder temperatures quickly approaching, many are left wondering what can be done to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Now I don’t want this to be just another article on COVID-19. Just seeing the name stresses the vast majority of us out.
Instead, I want to do my part in helping end the spread. Not only do I not want to get sick, but I also don’t want others to get sick as a result of my actions.
So what can we do to stop the spread of COVID-19?
The answer is simple. Wear a mask.
If you have been waiting for a millennial to come out and finally say it, here you go. Right now, masks should be mandatory. Right now, masks are our only cure. They are our temporary vaccine, and aside from social distancing (something we have all sucked at doing), masks are the only way we are going to put an end to the spread.
Why Wearing A Mask Matters?
For starters, nobody has seen this strain of virus before. Do we deal with the flu and do some people compare COVID-19 to the flu? Sure. But the flu also has a vaccine that helps reduce the risk of contracting it.
It’s also important to take into account that the flu generally spreads over a three or four-month timespan. A few months ago, everybody predicted that COVID-19 would die out int he summer months, but as we can all clearly see, that’s not really happening.
Right now, masks are our main source of defense against COVID-19. Until a vaccine has been developed and approved by the FDA, there simply isn’t anything else that we can do to stop the spread of COVID-19. And don’t even think about saying social distancing works because none of us do it.
Why You Should Wear A Mask
Coronavirus has spread much more rapidly, infecting its victims within a two-week timespan. Just in the US, there have been just shy of 3 million confirmed cases with 130,000 deaths. Many of us have yet to get tested so these numbers don’t show truly accurate data.
What’s more is that COVID-19 impacts various age groups differently. An estimated 80 percent of people with coronavirus feel perfectly fine and don’t know they are infected and could be contagious. And guess what? You could very well be one of them! You could be spreading the virus to others out in public, or even to the loved ones you share a home with. Think about that for a moment. Would you really want your kids, your spouse, your parents, or even your neighbors to contract COVID because you are making what is a relatively selfish decision?
That’s why you should wear a mask to protect other people from your stealth germs.
The Pushback On Wearing Masks
Many Americans have come out and said that it is their right to walk around without wearing a mask. To that, you’re right, it is your right wear a mask or not.
But this pandemic isn’t about questioning your rights. It’s about doing what’s in the best interest of not only your health and your well-being, but also the health and well-being of the world around you as well. It’s about dropping your ego and actually showing your loved ones, neighbors, and community that you care more about than just yourself.
Hate me for saying that? Sorry, not sorry.
And no, before you think that millennials and the younger population are the only ones to blame, save it. We are all to blame. I can’t tell you the number of times where I have walked into a grocery store and have seen individuals (both young and old) without masks on. If I’m going to be honest, I would say it’s a 50/50 split.
The thing is, if you are one of the individuals who doesn’t wear a mask, you could be taking the virus home with you and spread it to those you love the most. You may be asymptomatic and choose not to wear a mask because you are showing no signs of being ill but you may very well still have COVID. What if you gave it to your son/daughter, mother/father, grandma/grandpa?
The Impact of Not Wearing A Mask
I work with a woman who lost both of her grandparents to COVID this spring within a six-day span. They were around 75 years old and got COVID while they were isolating, but they got it from their son (this woman’s uncle) who brought the virus into the house and passed it onto his parents. He didn’t get sick, but the virus that he spread ultimately killed his parents.
How would you feel if that happened to you? How would you feel is you passed a virus onto somebody and it ultimately took their life – all because you didn’t want to take basic preventative measures? Probably not very good.
If I brought a virus into my house because “it’s my right not to wear a mask,” I wouldn’t be able to live with myself. I wouldn’t be able to live with the fact that I took the lives of the two individuals I love the most – the two individuals who birthed me, who raised me, and who have never stopped loving me. I couldn’t live with that guilt.
This is the risk we all face when we choose not to wear a mask. We don’t find the need to wear a mask because we don’t think something like this could ever happen to us, or to our family… until it does. Then, but the time we realize how ignorant we have been, it’s simply too late.
Protect Others If You Don’t Want To Protect Yourself
If you aren’t worried about your own health, then don’t do it for yourself. Instead, wear a mask for those around you. Wear a mask to protect the health of your family. Wear a mask to protect the health of your friends. Wear a mask to protect the health of your community, of those who you come into contact with on a daily basis, and of the world in which you live in.
The last thing any of us want is to harm others. Until a vaccine has been developed and tested, the best way to do so is by wearing a mask, so please wear one.
Have I Always Worn One?
I am going to be completely transparent and will admit that I haven’t always worn a mask. In fact, I used to think they were pointless and foolish. But then I looked at the statistics and realized how much danger my actions may inflict on the lives of others.
Since then, I haven’t gone outside without wearing a mask. Even when I don’t feel like wearing one and doubt I would be symptomatic, just knowing that I have potential to save a life is enough of a reason for me to always have one on.
I have made a promise that if I go outside without a mask, I will donate money to the Coronavirus Relief Fund as my actions may be contributing to the cause. Since making this promise, I haven’t had to donate anything because I haven’t left without a mask. As a result, my family and I have been able to remain healthy.
Before You Go
Wearing a mask is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It’s time we come together as one. It’s time that we get back to living the best life that we can possibly live. It’s time we put an end to the spread of this virus so that we can once again live freely. And this is done by taking the first step and wearing a mask.
Don’t wait until it’s too late. Take preventative measures now to ensure you don’t have to experience unnecessary pain later.