The U.S. should enforce a national mask mandate.
Yes, you read that correctly.
If we had all worn our masks to begin with, we could’ve stopped the pandemic in its tracks, or at least we could’ve slowed its spread.
Countries that enforced mask wearing early on, like India and the Philippines, have seen far fewer cases per million.
Instead, here we are, ten months since Michigan’s first documented COVID-19 case, still doing just as poorly with following directions.
I’d like to place some blame on this country’s founding ideals, specifically that of individualism.
In the basic sense, individualism means having the freedoms outlined
in the Bill of Rights – religion, speech, assembly, etc.
Unfortunately, individualism today is being interpreted as a selfish attitude focused only on one’s own gains and desires.
In the context of the pandemic, this describes the people who claim wearing a mask is an infringement of their personal rights.
No, it’s not. It’s you being a selfish human being and caring more about your own comfort than the lives of everyone around you.
I’m still seeing people walking around in stores without masks on, even if
the store has signs saying masks are mandatory for entry.
Newsflash, this doesn’t mean you can take your mask off once you get inside. This also doesn’t mean you can pull your mask down to talk on the phone or pull it off your nose to breathe virus air. That’s still nasty.
I’m still seeing pictures of people traveling, and visiting.
The elderly population is particularly susceptible to the virus, and I just don’t understand why so many people are willing to risk their grandparents’ lives by going to see them.
Phones exist. Computers exist. Snail mail exists.
Pretend for a moment that the world doesn’t revolve around you. Can you at least pretend to care about other people? Just for a few minutes? No?
Stay home. And if you can’t do that, then wear your mask. I can assure you, wearing your mask of choice for a few minutes is infinitely more comfortable than a respirator will be.
If you’re going to claim a disorder that keeps you from wearing a mask, maybe you shouldn’t even be out in the first place.
If you already have problems breathing, I can promise you it will only be worse if you catch the virus.
Do yourself a favor and wear a mask.
Of course, people like myself have been saying all of this for months, to no
avail. Some folks out there just refuse to listen.
Like many others, I’m hopeful this new presidency will turn a fresh page.
I’m hopeful President Biden will pick up the pieces of our country and put it back together, even if it’s just with tape.
Given the current divides, I know this is all wishful thinking. I know that even a national mandate would be difficult to enforce.
However, having some kind of national law enforced by the usual shenanigans will undoubtedly work better than simply relying on the common sense and decency of the average American.
To put it bluntly, there’s a lot of Americans who are too selfish and too stubborn to abide by the rules for the sake of the common good.
I don’t know how to get you to care. I don’t know how to make you understand that your actions are hurting other people. I don’t know how we’re going to get through this.
For your own sake, wear your mask.