As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the United States, we are continuing to adapt to our new normal to further slow the spread of the virus. California Governor Gavin Newsom re-initiated curfew hours for many counties that forbids get-togethers from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Continuing to stay 6-feet apart, avoid large gatherings, sanitize all our surroundings, and wear face masks are still highly encouraged to practice.
However, many Americans are becoming selfish and refusing to wear face masks because they do not believe they are beneficial. Wearing a face mask or any sort of cloth covering the nose and mouth is proven to prevent those who are infected with the virus and reduce the spread of COVID-19. If everyone continues to cooperate in wearing a face mask when surrounded by others, we can slow the spread and protect ourselves and everyone around us.
As we all wish for our lives to “go back to normal,” we are unable to do so just yet until a vaccine or cure to COVID-19 is put into place. While health officials and doctors continue to research and find a cure for this virus, they continue to raise awareness of the importance of using face masks to prevent respiratory infections.
According to the Centers for Control Disease and Prevention, “SARS-CoV-2 infection is transmitted predominately by respiratory droplets generated when people cough, sneeze, sing, talk, or breathe.” Therefore, the use of face masks intends to reduce inhalation and block the exhalation of these droplets that can potentially be by someone who is infected with the virus.
I, for one, am one of those who wish our lives can go back to normal and do not quite understand what is so hard about wearing a face mask. I completely understand that several people struggle to breathe while wearing these masks, but isn’t struggling to breathe for a short amount of time better than contracting a respiratory infection? That will make it even HARDER for one to breathe. If it is that much of a hassle to wear a mask, just stay home.
Not only is it beneficial to wear a mask for yourself, but it is also beneficial for others. When you wear a mask you protect yourself, and when everyone else wears a mask we end up protecting one another. Additionally, several people are asymptomatic to the virus and do not know that they are carrying the virus. People who are asymptomatic could potentially infect others without even knowing. Therefore, if everyone wears a mask they are protected at all times and reduce the risk of being exposed.
We are still at the point of the pandemic where we do not have another alternative just yet. Vaccines are still in the process and we are all still at high risk of infection by this virus. We should all try the very least of staying indoors, avoid large gatherings, and if we must LEAVE the house for any reason, LEAVE with a mask on and LEAVE it on.