Almost overnight, face masks have become a common accessory for many, not so much for others. Out of necessity this phenomenon has long been popular in places like South Korea, Japan and Taiwan where masks have almost become a fashion statement. In America because the mask is such a new concept for most of us, they can conjure powerful emotional meanings. A mask can be interpreted as a signal that says “stay away! I may have the plague!” And while heroes often wear masks, so do bandits and those who commit crimes. Face masks can also be hot and uncomfortable and if you wear glasses they can quickly fog them up.
Recently V-POTUS Mike Pence visited the renowned Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and chose not to wear a mask, even though he was informed it was hospital policy to do so. Pence’s explanation after the fact was interesting. "As vice president of the United States I'm tested for the coronavirus on a regular basis. Since I don't have the coronavirus, I thought it'd be a good opportunity for me to be here, to be able to speak to these researchers these incredible health care personnel and look them in the eye and say thank you," he said. Wait, Mike Pence isn’t wearing a mask because he wants to look people in the eye? I think he may be wearing his mask incorrectly.
Personally I can’t stand wearing a face mask. I don’t want come off as looking like I’m infected; as someone who should be avoided like a lab rat. However, now I don’t want to deal with the awkwardness and glares from others for NOT wearing one in public. The CDC is recommending everyone use a cloth mask in areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain (i.e. grocery stores, pharmacies) to help STOP the SPREAD of the VIRUS. That’s good enough for me. But keep in mind a mask doesn’t make you invincible. They can’t replace good hygiene. Wash your hands! Don’t touch your face! Remember to WASH your mask and maintain social distancing.
Stay safe out there.