To Mask or not to Mask. That ia the question, to paraphrase Shakespeare. There are those that claim to support “science” that say, yes, everyone, out in public, should be wearing masks. I want to ask them if they’ve tried this with their toddlers. Others say, masks do nothing to prevent the transmission of the Wuhan virus. The government, at all levels, until recently, has been back and forth on whether waring a mask will not only save your life (it won’t) to saving lives of others (this is where the argument exists). It’s a conundrum because there is actually no science, currently, that says wearing a mask will prevent a person from contracting the Chinese virus.
I’m not against masking in public places: groceries, pharmacies, etc. But I think it should be left up to the business whether they are requiring masks. I understand that those doing so, are looking out for their employees and customers. Those that do not wish to abide may shop somewhere else.o shop there, but if I don’t then that place loses my business. Recently, Target and Walmart announced they would require customers to wear masks upon entering their stores. We have one of each here, that’s why I mention them. They have a right to protect their business, meaning their employees and customers. So, is it fair for these businesses to require masks? Yes, of course, but a week after Walmart spent a lot of money on advertisements (television) announcing just that, they backed off a bit. Now they “recommend” masks but will not tuen customers away for not wearing masks. Clearly, a business decision.
So what is it? Wear a mask everytime you go out in public or not? What’s the science behind wearing masks. Well, as i already said, there is none. In fact, if you but masks, like I have, you might want to look at the packaging which, in small print will say that these masks will not prevent you from contracting COVID-19. Yes, it’s recent packaging but all I have show that somewhere in that tiny print – to protect them from any liability of course. In fact, the CDC says that wearing masks will not prevent anyone from contracting the virus, just lower the chance by as little as 30%, depending on the mask. NONE of them are 100% effective. At most? 60%. That’s okay with me because even a 30% less chance of becoming infected is better than zero.
There’s also many more options now than just a fe months ago, You know those fast food delivery services (Grubhub, Doordash, etc.) can and do deliver lunch or dinner to your home. Sire, they’ve been around a while and you may have even used them in the past few years, but where I live, they weren’t available until the pandemic. Before the pandemic, there were zero restaurants in Grubhub. Today, there are more than 3 dozen, including places I never expected to see there. I can order delivery for Wendy’s and Burger King if I want! Bizarre. Groceries or prescriptions /pharmaceuticals?I can register, and either have a time to pick up my groceries, or have them delivered to the house. The same with pharmacies. This is in my small city where a year ago, none of this existed. Heck, it didn’t exist last February. Now we’re almost like a “grown-up city”. I actually don;t have to leave the house other than o put gas in my car and I won;t be surprised if at some point, they don’t start coffering to come to your home to fill up your vehicle.
We’re witnessing the “new normal” as it evolves. Today’s children, in 20 years, will probably have no concept of going to the grocery store,or pharmacy. Heck, even today, there’s “Telemedicine” evolving where you can have a doctor visit without leaving your if you need a procedure, today, you-still have to go to a hospital. Twenty years from now?
So does wearing a mask, as annotying as it is, seem to be that difficult based on the changes we’ve seen in just a few months? I would say, yes, it’s annoying, but even though it’s not guaranteed I won’t contract something bad by wearing one, the idea that it is less possible, even that 30%, makes it worthwhile.