I have to say this!
Our United States of America has been infected with a silent and deadly virus. There are those that are walking around not knowing they have this virus and there are those that are protecting themselves from catching the virus and finally there are those that believe that wearing a mask infringes on their rights.
We have medical professionals and specialty doctors that have spent their entire life in studying virus. Of course they offer options on how to stem the spread of virus but somehow their recommendations have turned into a political issue specifically the wearing of face masks.
It doesn't matter which side you agree with the bottom line is those in the medical field are suffering the ignorance of those that catch the virus. Whether they believe that face masks ae the right thing to do or not do, the health workers are impacted either way. The impact of your decision bares heavily on the health care workers that will eventually be taking care of you because you got infected. They will spend time with you as best they can but because of widespread infections, ICU beds are scarce and now hospitals have reached peak levels of admittance. Double overtime of medical staff is standard because believe it or not they are trying to do what little they can to help save your life. They are not interested in what you believe, they are dedicated to helping, it goes without saying. It's an unselfish act of responsibility to you, but with your selfish acts, you are overloading the system. BUT the question is "Is it fair" to them?
I say no, but they are the last people to be considered when making your decision. You don't care about the health care professionals and what they must go through. They are literally sacificing their life everyday going to work handling infected Covid-19 patients because any unbroken seal in their mask can lead to death, plain and simple.
Ok, we show our kindness to these health care workers by sending them food, but I would say what they would really appreciate is practice socail distancing and wear a face mask.
I can't speak for anyone else but I wear a face mask to protect my friends, neighbors and family and people that I don't know and protect myself. It's a new life style change, yes during these hot Summers, going outside, the mask might be uncomfortable, but it must be done. Whether I'm infected or not or show no symptoms is irrelevant, I'm protecting others and also protecting myself. It's a new life style change that we need to incorporate into our lifestyle. I've made my own with a bandana, after multiple folds I also add a filter so I get the best protection but it gets hot. I can only imagine a health care worker wearing a N95 mask all day that MUST be tighter and fitted properly. To them, the N95 is a matter of life and death literally. They must put a bandage on their nose or anywhere it must be tight and wear it 10-12 hours of everyday. I wear mine just for an hour, and it gets pretty stuffy, not that I can't breath but wearing something covering my air passages can be slightly uncomfortable.
So, remember the seatbelt issue, did wearing seatbelts infringe of your rights? Was it a change mandated by the government? Was it a lifestyle change? Did we moan and groan over the fact that the government mandated the use of seatbelts? We followed and eventually everyone complied. This invisible virus is different, we can't see it, we're learning about it everyday, so time is of the essence. Yes, our government made some mistakes, it happens but when it was realized that health professionals say the masks can help reduce the spread of Covid-19, thank god we have medical professionals. Heed their advise and just do it! WEAR A FREAKIN MASK!!!! Your action will hopefully reduce the # of patients in hospitals, and for those that are wearing masks and shelter in place and taking common sense precautions will not be in vain.
Politicians from the local and federal level have a task of balancing what their constituents want, reducing the effect of the deadly virus while reopening the economy. Now is not the time to politicize this pandemic, its killing Americans everyday, soon we'll be approaching 150,000 dead in the United States.
We need someone to step up to the plate and put a comprehensive plan in place to protect us, whether its backed by his base or not. This virus doesn't discriminate between the color of our skin or our party affiliation, Democratic, Republican or Independent.
Action needs to be taken NOW. No time to dilly dally, action MUST be mandated simultaneously with testing, contact tracing.
I don't usually have something to say but sometimes I need to, it bothers me that much. I'm thinking of my daughter, my wife and myself.
BY Chef Woo Can at www.chefwoocn.com
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