Should People Still Be Wearing Masks?

Should People Still Be Wearing Masks?

Most people like to enjoy life. Nonetheless, that is not the experience most of us got during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

People had to stay six feet apart from their peers, couldn’t socialize or travel and other consequences that ruined life experiences.

As the weather gets colder and the flu season kicks off, still enduring the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we now find ourselves in a predicament of whether we should wear masks.

Wearing masks used to be mandatory for all activities indoors, but the mandate was lifted at the end of the spring 2022 semester.

Most people rejoiced and celebrated the fact we got to return to a normal sense of life. However, as life moved forward and we went back to our normal routines, we realized we were not in the clear yet. Some people still choose to wear masks to keep themselves and others safe.

After years of wearing masks and hating them, should we still wear one?

Well, there are two ways to look at it.

For starters, we live in a world where there have always been immunocompromised people. For the most part, those people would have to adjust their life to go out in the world, but typically the non-immunocompromised have not made adaptions for others around them.

Some people may believe that if you are the one at risk of becoming very ill or even dying, you should stay home.

Does everyone feel that way? Absolutely not, but with the mandate being lifted, do those people get a choice on whether they’ll wear one or not?

Some people may feel as if the COVID-19 pandemic is over, and they just want to return to normal as the pandemic was traumatic for all of us.

However, the other side of this makes a compelling argument.

People are not being requested to wear hazmat suits or gas masks. We are asked to wear a paper mask weighing roughly 0.0308647 pounds. Is it really that much of a burden to just wear it?

Not to mention the fact that the less than a pound paper mask saves the lives of your peers, their loved ones and your own. It is not such an outrageous request for something that saved millions of people during the pandemic.

Yes, we want people to experience life freely, every person does. However, how does wearing a face mask and doing nothing else differently affect that?

In addition to that, not everyone is even asking others to wear them. We are not wearing masks on the same scale as the last few years.

Wearing masks is not the most ridiculous request ever heard. COVID-19 did not disappear from our lives and neither did the responsibility of keeping our peers safe.

People are still testing positive for COVID-19 and we’re all pretty confident that no one is dreaming every night, giggling in their jammies, that maybe they’ll finally get the virus. With 400 people dying on average every day for Covid it is still a risk.

Quarantining for the virus is way more of an annoyance than wearing an almost weightless mask. Imagine missing a whole week of work and seeing what that will do to your income, understanding what you will have to do to make up for that loss and working harder.

The possibility of outcomes from not wearing masks is just not worth it in the end.

Immunocompromised people deserve the life experiences just like the rest of us. We have a duty to protect ourselves and the public.

So, if someone requests you wear a mask, do the adult thing and wear one. If you won’t wear one for yourself, wear one for those whose lives may depend on it.

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