Woo-hoo!! The world is opening up again, and now I can return to normal, and not have to wear that totally inconvenient face mask!
Not so fast, there, friend. The world might be returning to a time of allowing public gatherings, but that DOES NOT, by any means, mean the coronavirus is abolished.
More than ever, it is better to wear a face mask or face covering, ESPECIALLY if you are going to be in a crowd of people.
A protest, a wedding, a concert, a neighborhood picnic, work conferences, classrooms — these are all places you would want to CONTINUE to wear that face covering.
This, according to new CDC recommendations for consideration of gatherings and events that will have large amounts of people.
Remember, face masks aren’t so much to keep you from getting the virus, as they are to prevent you from spreading possible COVID-19 germs to other people.
So, basically, you are showing consideration for your fellow human being by wearing that mask in public.
If you AREN’T wearing your mask in public, not only are you part of the problem, I’m going to look at you like you are a bit rude. Don’t hate. It just is what it is.
When I see a group of 10 people, and 9 of them are wearing masks, I automatically think that the 1 person NOT wearing a mask has no consideration of those around him (her). I’m just being honest.
When I’m in Walmart, and there is that one person making fun of all the people wearing masks — yes, this has really happened to me — I am going to perceive that person as being — first of all, pretty asinine — but, second of all, a major part of the epidemiological problem. (Wow. 10 points for using a giant word.)
As some communities in the United States begin to plan and hold events and gatherings, the CDC offers the following considerations for enhancing protection of individuals and communities and preventing spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — these considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which gatherings must comply.CDC
Besides wearing face masks in public, the CDC STILL recommends frequent hand washing, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
They also encourage all staff of these gatherings to wear face coverings, especially when a social distance of 6 feet can’t be maintained.
The venue should also be posting signs reminding people not to have physical contact with one another — handshakes, fist bumps, hugs, etc.
Now, more than EVER, frequent cleaning and sanitation of all public areas is a must. The more people, the higher the likelihood that COVID-19 will spread. It’s all about containment and prevention.
Stay safe out there!