I have to imagine that the most used/heard word since March, other than COVID, is mask. I’d like to cast my vote now, suggesting Time Magazine’s Person of the Year be the Mask (although I imagine COVID has as lock on that).
The issue of masks has been front and centre for most of the pandemic. Are they effective? It appears that as the number of mask wearers rises, the number of cases drops; as plain as the nose on your face was before masks. Is wearing one in fact worse than not wearing one? Is it my right to refuse to wear one? Are we going to run out of them? So many questions and even more answers. Who would have thought seven months ago that the security guard at the door of the bank would one day insist you actually have to wear a mask to enter the bank?
(T)he Anti-Maskers – who would have you believe that by adhering to the mask law you are relinquishing your rights
There are those folks who just simply don’t like wearing a mask. There are those who, for various health reasons cannot wear a mask. And then there are those who refuse to wear one for political reasons – the Anti-Maskers – who would have you believe that by adhering to the mask law you are relinquishing your rights. I understand there is a strong overlap with Anti-Maskers, Anti-Vaxxers and Flat Earthers.
I admit that I don’t like wearing a mask, but I do so when required. I always wear a mask when I am inside a public place or on public transit. Outside I get that mask off as soon as possible. The reason I am in such a rush to get rid of it has nothing to do with breathing, but is purely a matter of eyeglasses.
… looking for one’s glasses on the floor of a supermarket without glasses is no walk in the park
My eyesight is extremely poor. When I don’t have my specs on, I cannot function. I get dizzy and disoriented. After a short while I’ll get a headache. Going without my glasses is not an option. Yet when I wear a mask one of two things occurs. If I perch my glasses over the mask on my nose, in no time at all they fall off (let me tell you, looking for one’s glasses on the floor of a supermarket without glasses is no walk in the park). On the other hand, if I slip the mask over the lower part of my lenses, the glasses stay in place, but fog up almost immediately, something akin to getting on a warm bus after waiting in very cold weather – blindness.
My time masked is spent constantly adjusting and readjusting my glasses and/or the mask. But I wear a mask. So when the first opportunity arises to take off the mask you bet I don’t have to be asked twice! But let me repeat, I wear a mask!