When I started this blog, I never dreamt that we would ever be in the throes of a worldwide pandemic - but here we are.
Just before midnight on December 31, 2019, I got a strong gut feeling that 2020 was going to be different. Shortly after the new decade began, the Coronavirus came calling and knocked the world on its ass. The craziest thing about this are the people who don't believe it is real. What? I can't wrap my head around that line of thinking. I personally know four people who were infected by COVID-19. One recovered after two agonizing weeks, two are still struggling, one died.
I also know medical professionals who are beyond exhausted working with COVID cases. They are physically and emotionally drained, but keep going on because not to would be even worse of a disaster. Add to that people with non-COVID health issues who are afraid that if something takes a turn for the worse, there will be no room in the hospital for them - or worse, they'll get COVID on top of their other problems.
It is frustrating and frightening, and we still don't 100% know what we're dealing with as the virus doesn't appear to have a set pattern.
Which brings me to my point - masks. First, for anyone who thinks wearing a mask or not is a political issue, it is not. This is not about taking away your rights (you wear seat belts, yes?), this is about stopping a deadly germ from spreading. Wearing a mask is a HUMANITARIAN issue. One that is proving effective in stopping the spread of the devil that is COVID-19.
For the record, I'm not a fan of wearing them either. But I do. For me. For you. For the sake of getting the country back up and running. I wear a mask every time I have to go out. I also practice social distancing for the same reason. Small sacrifices, even annoyances at times, that can help if we all do our part.
America's coronavirus case numbers rise daily at an alarming rate. We have been banned from entering other countries because we can't stop or control the avalanche of new cases. But, countries - and even some of our states are proving that wearing masks and social distancing do help. Numbers are improving in the states that require masks where people comply. They are getting worse in states where people fight the issue.
You are no less of a person if you put on a mask. Even if you cringe at the thought, do your part to make a difference. Together we can beat this thing - it all adds up and the life you save may be yours or someone you love.
The slang term for people letting their nose hang out of their mask is "Dick Nose."
Don't be a Dick - Cover your nose and mouth.