When I heard the President of the United States complain that wearing a mask made him feel like the Lone Ranger, I knew there were problems brewing. (Can one of his aides explain how the mask works, please?)
At the start of this pandemic, everyone was was cautioned not to use medical masks because there was a shortage, and they needed to be available for front line workers. That situation created an immediate market for home sewers and since then fledgling businesses have sprung up in the most unlikely places. A large, vacant factory in my town sprung to life after being retooled to produce masks. Thousands began rolling off the lines. Companies who formerly made sports jerseys converted to these face coverings and you can now promote your favorite team by wearing their colours. I myself, got into the action. I was a sewer, I had lots of spare fabric, and plenty of time on my hands. I made them available for free to anyone who asked, but after making about 300, I was over my enthusiasm.
People started out wearing them cautiously not really certain they would protect them from the virus, but as more has been learned about covid-19, we now recognize that masks do indeed help keep infections down. As communities try to reopen their businesses, masks are increasingly being mandated. Some people have come up with creative solutions to the mask requirements.
Masks definitely come with their own set of responsibilities. Don’t leave home without one; wash or change them after each wearing (yes, this is extra laundry; you’ll manage), and for goodness sakes wear it properly. It should cover your nose and mouth, not one or the other, not hanging from one ear, or slung under your chin.
If you are someone who enjoys a snack as you go about your business, then a mask may just be the ticket.
For many of us, it is summertime and we enjoy spending time (which many of us have plenty of at the moment) out in the sunshine. Please remember your sunscreen.
I know this virus is scary, but please don’t do this. This is more frightening than covid.
Listen, we all have to do our part to contain this pandemic and get back to our lives. If everyone would just comply with the science, we will soon be able to enjoy going out socially again.
In the meantime, I need to get groceries.
Be safe. Wear your mask! Everyone needs to do their part.
Thanks for reading,
Penny xo ♥