On a scale of 1 to 10, how irritated do you get when you see people walking down the street without a mask?
I mean, it’s been over six months since the pandemic hit us, and with millions of people dead and hospitals flooded with patients and medical queries, you’d assume that by now people would care – that people would give a damn to all the SOPs carefully crafted by the World Health Organization and the government. You would assume that they know better and that we should simply abide by the rules. And how much are they really asking us to do? Are these precautions really that difficult to follow? Do you think fighting for air to breathe is easier than wearing a facemask? At least in America, this seems to be the case.
Yes, it's true that many cities and countries have eased the lockdown and are moving towards a normal life. However, would it be responsible to completely disregard the precautions considering we still don’t have a vaccine and thousands of people are still getting infected on a daily basis? Nobody certainly thinks so.
Every time you go out to run errands or just stroll around the park with your dog, you must have seen people either not wearing a mask – or if they do wear it, it’s hanging on their neck where it’s really of no use. I understand that the weather is getting warmer by the day and the heatwave can make the mask really uncomfortable. People with sensitive skin can get rashes, they make your spectacles fog up, and they essentially make eating, talking and drinking bizarre. Some facemasks are poorly fitted and some muffle up your voice.
But look at it this way: We don’t have a choice – and if we think that we do then we’re making the wrong one.
See, one in four people are apparently infected by the virus, and out of these, many people are asymptomatic. When you don’t show any symptoms, instead of being a risk to your own health, you put others in danger. First of all, you won’t even know that you’re a threat to somebody else. Then people with poor immunity will be the first in line to be your victims – and God forbid if anyone of them dies!
Another trend that is normally noticed is that people are politicizing the masks. How ridiculous does that sound? How can a face mask that is meant to protect you from a fatal infection limit your freedom? It’s a death wish.
The initial response to such carelessness was to shame people. However, Tony Bravo has an opposite point of view.
“Our brains can want to punish or shame people who aren’t following the rules. That never gets people on your side. The thing you can do is control yourself and do everything you can to protect yourself.”
So now all we can do is be empathetic. Maybe they’re not wearing a mask because it makes breathing almost impossible for them or maybe they’re fighting any other underlining disease.
You, on the other hand, can follow all the SOPs and if they come closer and try to break the six feet distance, you can politely ask them to take a step back. That sounds cool, right?
You should do the same!