I avoided the whole mask thing or a while, selfishly going to the stores with no mask — not so much out of rebellion, but convenience.
When COVID-19 hit and the first round of shutdowns occurred, I ordered face coverings. It took them a while to come in, but when they did, I put them in my car just in the event I would need them and there they stayed.
Then people I know started getting sick and I started wearing a mask from time to time.
Over the course of the past two weeks or so, I got used to it and now, I’m all in.
If I enter a public building, I’m wearing a mask.
We did a little shopping this weekend. Our first stop was a grocery store in Shawnee to stock up on meats. Mask discipline here was on point. Employees and patrons were covered and respectful. Then we went to grab a bite to eat at a pub-like eatery. At this place, CDC guidelines were taken more like suggestions. Employees did have masks across their faces, but they were only pretending to protect anyone, because we were visited by no less that three young servers, all of whom had their masks pulled down so that their noses were exposed.
Also, they had their masks completely removed as they went in and out of the kitchen. Fail.
I’ve got news for you, you are protecting no one this way and you may as well not pretend to wear a mask because that just comes off as deceitful.
We left halfway through our meal.
Then, on Saturday, we visited a bigbox store in Stillwater after the wife decided it was time to replace some flooring (some 400 square foot of flooring).
This store has implemented a nationwide mandatory face covering policy. This, coupled with the fact that Stillwater has implemented a mandatory face covering policy of its own would make you think everybody would be sensible and respectful with the doublewhammy policy.
For the most part, this was true, except for one moron who stood out like a sore thumb.
This idiot, a customer, was wandering throughout the store completely unmasked, with no mask even in sight, but he did have a very clean, very carefully folded blue paisley bandanna tied around his head so he could look cool. After running into this cretin on three consecutive aisles, I couldn’t control myself andI made a salty remark to my wife, loud enough for Mr. Cool to hear to the effect of, “He can be bothered to tie a bandanna around his forehead, but can’t be bothered to cover his face?”
I inquired at the service desk about store policy and was told that employees are advised not to try and enforce the policy because of the tendency toward violence of people who choose not to conform to the mandatory face covering policy.
Holy cow. Here’s the deal people. Until we get a working vaccine, which could still take months, we’ve got to do what we can to slow the spread and protect each other.
Please try and convince your elderly loved ones to stay away from public places. Encourage them by offering to do their shopping and run their errands.
Granted, they can be a bit stubborn at times, if not downright difficult and non compliant with anyone’s wishes but their own, but do what you can.
The likelihood that they will get COVID-19 increases exponentially every time they leave the house and COVID’s not too particular about who it takes out, but it favors the elderly.
With that said, we all need to do our part to protect each other, especially the stubborn elderly, who refuse to stay home.
They are someone’s grandma or grandpa — do you want to be the one who gave them COVID? Wear a mask. I know masks suck, but frontline healthcare workers have been wearing them everyday since March — for your protection. Pass that forward.
It took me longer than it should have to see how important this is.
It’s about saving lives.
I’ll mask up for now, until they figure something out, or the risk is reduced. Personally, I wear a neck gator as my face covering. It’s what works for me. As an added accessory, I carry a box of mints with me — because, mask breath.
Is a mask a 100-percent effective tool? Of course not. But science has proven it does reduce the risk of transmitting this nasty, sometimes fatal, bug, and anything to help curb COVID seems like a good idea.
Thanks for reading
Take care of the aged