“wear a damn mask,” a friend wrote on his facebook page. another friend re-posted these words of a stranger, “those who have stayed inside, wore masks in public and socially distanced during this entire pandemic are the same people who are used to doing the whole group project by themselves.” another friend wrote, “if you aren’t wearing a mask in public, tell me why so i can unfriend you.”
it’s a hot topic. there are two sides of the fence. you are a believer or you are an atheist. and nary shall the two meet.
people are bitching and moaning about mask-wearing and social-distancing and it does not cease to amaze us to see people gathered together in, well, gatherings, without masks on. every day the numbers climb. every day people ignore it. i feel i am a broken record.
let’s face it – in this united states of america, a country steeped in intelligence and research, the richest and most advanced country in the world, the president not only has gathered his populace in rallies without masks and social distancing, but he is going to celebrate the 4th of july early in south dakota beneath the granite countenances of presidents who have gone before him, who actually DID behave as presidents, who actually WERE brave, who actually THOUGHT about doing the right thing and then DID it, even if it was hard. he is encouraging people to attend, with their health and very lives at risk, just to see his smug un-masked face while he watches fireworks that haven’t graced this fragile fire-risk-environment for a decade. now there’s a bit of intelligence for you.
maybe it doesn’t matter that the entire european union has decided that americans are not welcome to their countries. maybe it doesn’t matter that canada has decided to close doors to americans. maybe it doesn’t matter that states in the northeast have mandated quarantines for visitors from other states. maybe it doesn’t matter that there is no federal umbrella of concern sheltering all-fifty-states-and-five-territories-in-this-together from undue and exponential harm.
i’d like to ignore this, perhaps not speak or write about it again. maybe i could retreat into ostrich behavior, stick my head in the ground and just move on. maybe i could just act like everything is normal. maybe i could talk myself into it. maybe if i subscribe to fox news and OAN and media sources that tout conspiracy theories and far-right extremism and fawn over this president’s lack of regard for humankind, maybe then i could not wear a mask around you, i could refrain from socially distancing near you.
but i think not.
science is science. medical advice is medical advice. and facts are facts.
wear a damn mask. and back up.
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