“It’s a hassle to bring everywhere, It’s another product I have to buy, and It’s an inconvenience to breathe in!” — It’s… a mask.
Sadly enough, there are thousands of people who are against wearing a mask in the United States. It’s been so fought against to the point where people would take it to the streets and protest that their freedom is being hindered because they are forced to wear a mask. But it’s important that these people understand why government officials and medical fields are highly encouraging and requiring people to wear a mask. Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization now recommend cloth masks for the general public. Here’s why:
- Masks have the ability to block respiratory droplets
- This has been proven by several sources, one being the New England Journal of Medicine, and an experiment conducted by several Ph.Ds mainly residing in Maryland and Philadelphia.
- Another study of people who had influenza or the common cold found that wearing a surgical mask significantly reduced the amount of these respiratory viruses emitted in droplets and aerosols.
- The clear benefit of using masks in real-world scenarios compared to areas that didn’t
- A recent study published in Health Affairs, for example, compared the COVID-19 growth rate before and after mask mandates in 15 states and the District of Columbia. It found that mask mandates led to a slowdown in the daily COVID-19 growth rate, which became more apparent over time. The first five days after a mandate, the daily growth rate slowed by 0.9 percentage points compared to the five days prior to the mandate; at three weeks, the daily growth rate had slowed by 2 percentage points.
- You are protecting yourself AND the people around you
- “I think there’s enough evidence to say that the best benefit is for people who have COVID-19 to protect them from giving COVID-19 to other people, but you’re still going to get a benefit from wearing a mask if you don’t have COVID-19,” said Chin-Hong. Masks may be more effective as a “source control” because they can prevent larger expelled droplets from evaporating into smaller droplets that can travel farther
“Wearing a mask to protect others is an intentional act of kindness”” – Dr. Jeffrey Peller
Though we may not know each other, we have to start respecting others enough to wear a mask for them. Refusing to wear a mask should not be made into a political statement, it should be seen as a simple but effective act of kindness and respect! It’s this time more than ever to start caring for others. Will you? Just wear a mask. It’s easier to breathe through than ventilators. If you still don’t get it, maybe this graphic below will help you understand!