Reasons To Put The Damn Mask On, And Stop Fussing With It
COVID-19 is real people, do your part to protect yourself and others.
With the ever-changing reality of our world due to COVID-19, there has been one constant throughout these past unforeseen months, masks. Ever since coronavirus hit the ground running in the US, the CDC has been recommending social distancing and mask-wearing to stop the rapid spread.
Many people have been great about adhering to these policies, mandates, and suggested uses, but others, not so much.
I am here to tell everyone that this pandemic should not be taken lightly and even if you think you’re doing everything right and taking all the precautions, you or someone you know may very well be coronavirus’ next target, unfortunately. To help convince you to take these safety guidelines seriously and keep you and the people you love safe, here are five reasons you should just wear your mask.
1. It’s bigger than just you
The most important thing I can say I have witnessed is that although one person may be young or healthy and can fight off COVID-19 should they contract it, some people are not healthy enough to beat it. Everyone understands that masks can often be uncomfortable or hard to breathe in, but it is just a piece of fabric. Fidgeting with it is defeating the purpose. Your mask, although it covers your mouth and nose, is on your face. So, when you fuss with your mask, touch it, wear it as a chin strap, or anything else of this nature, it’s not helping you or anyone else. A good mask, a good piece of fabric, in today’s climate may save you from spreading your asymptomatic case of coronavirus, that you’re unaware of, to someone who will not be able to recover.
2. Mask-wearing does not infringe upon your rights
I do not care what anyone has said, mandating masks during a highly contagious international pandemic is not an infringement of rights. Masks are for the greater good. A good, customary mask is used not only to help keep your germs away from others but to keep other’s germs away from you. If scientists who do this kind of research for a living are saying masks (coupled with social distancing) is the best way to protect yourself, aside from just staying home completely (which is not always feasible, because of essential businesses), just stinkin’ do it. You can watch these videos, in order, to see why masks are so important and to see if yours is effective.
3. This virus is so unpredictable
Although there is said to be so many strands of coronavirus, COVID-19, in particular, is a very young virus. While only being discovered overseas a little under a year ago, there are still so many unknowns. All we know for sure is it is contagious, it is dangerous, and it cannot be controlled right now. While scientists continuously do research, find cures, formulate vaccines, and come up with quick temporary fixes, for now, we are so unsure of what this virus is capable of.
There is talk of immunity, being that once you get it you can’t get it again, and there is y’all of possible long-term repercussions, among other ideas and gossip. I cannot confirm any of these theories, and that is the problem in itself. So many people think they know all about COVID-19 from their daily social media scrolling, or because they had it, but truth be told, no one has all the answers right now. COVID-19 is so contagious and unpredictable that it is shutting down businesses, schools, and so many more aspects of everyday life. We need to take into account this unpredictability and start taking these safety measures and precautions seriously.
4. You, your family, and your friends’ health is at stake
It may not be a big concern to you now because it’s been virtually 5-6 months and you have been fine, along with all the people you care about. You know the virus is real because they’re closing schools and camps and tragic stories are all over the news and the internet, but it hasn’t impacted you, so you don’t take it seriously. Do not make this mistake, trust me. All it takes is one asymptomatic or symptomatic, irresponsible person to be where you are while you’re not washing your hands properly or practicing social distancing to give you a hard reality check. Before you leave your house without a mask to go make that one Target run because you just have to get out of the house, think about yourself and those that you care about…don’t you wanna keep them safe and healthy?
5. Having COVID-19 sucks
Yes, unfortunately, I am in fact speaking from experience. Take it from someone who had COVID and whose family took a hit from it as well, you do not want this virus. It may not be as bad as you’d imagine, or it might be worse. Regardless of how your body decides to handle this virus, it still wears you out and seriously confines you to your home which is less than ideal.
In the words of Cardi B, “coronavirus, shit is real!” and boy was she right. Please be safe, wear your masks, wash your hands, stay home if it’s not essential, and social distance at all times. Be well, everyone!!
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Violent Typhoon Mawar sets sights on Philippines, Taiwan and Japan after blow to Guam
The powerhouse typhoon is the equivalent of a very strong Category 4 hurricane as it approaches the northernmost island of the Philippines before turning to the north, continuing its damaging path.
Japan says scrambled fighter jets after Russian planes spotted
The country’s defence ministry says Russian ‘intelligence-gathering’ aircraft spotted near its coasts along the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Japan.
Japan scrambled fighter jets after spotting Russian “intelligence-gathering” aircraft off its coasts along the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Japan on Thursday, the country’s defence ministry has said.
One Russian aircraft travelled from Japan’s north down along part of its west coast, while the other took a similar route along the opposite coast and returned the same way, the Joint Staff office run under the defence ministry said in a brief statement.
“In response, fighters of the Air Self-Defence Force’s Northern Air Force and other units were scrambled,” it added.
There was no further information on the incident, which comes days after Japan hosted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the summit of Group of Seven (G7) – a grouping of rich nations – in Hiroshima city.
Japan has joined Western allies in sanctioning Moscow over its February 2022 invasion of Ukraine, and has warned of the threat posed by Russia.
Its latest security document, which once called for enhanced ties and cooperation with Russia, now warns that Moscow’s military posturing in Asia and cooperation with China are “a strong security concern”.
Last May, Chinese and Russian military jets carried out joint flights near Japan immediately after a meeting of the United States-led Quad grouping in Tokyo. India and Australia are other members of Quad.
And more recently, Moscow has carried out military exercises, including test-firing missiles, in the Sea of Japan.
Russia considers Japan to be a “hostile” country – a designation it shares with all European Union countries, the US and its allies, including the United Kingdom and Australia.
Tokyo had complex relations with Moscow before the invasion of Ukraine in February, and the two sides have yet to sign a post-World War II peace treaty.
Attempts to do so have been hampered by a long-running dispute over islands controlled by Russia, which calls them the Kurils.
France bans short-haul flights to cut carbon emissions
France has banned domestic short-haul flights where train alternatives exist, in a bid to cut carbon emissions.
The law came into force two years after lawmakers had voted to end routes where the same journey could be made by train in under two-and-a-half hours.
The ban all but rules out air travel between Paris and cities including Nantes, Lyon and Bordeaux, while connecting flights are unaffected.
Critics have described the latest measures as “symbolic bans”.
Laurent Donceel, interim head of industry group Airlines for Europe (A4E), told the AFP news agency that “banning these trips will only have minimal effects” on CO2 output.
He added that governments should instead support “real and significant solutions” to the issue.
Airlines around the world have been severely hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with website Flightradar24 reporting that the number of flights last year was down almost 42% from 2019.
The French government had faced calls to introduce even stricter rules.
France’s Citizens’ Convention on Climate, which was created by President Emmanuel Macron in 2019 and included 150 members of the public, had proposed scrapping plane journeys where train journeys of under four hours existed.
But this was reduced to two-and-a-half hours after objections from some regions, as well as the airline Air France-KLM.
French consumer group UFC-Que Choisir had earlier called on lawmakers to retain the four-hour limit.
“On average, the plane emits 77 times more CO2 per passenger than the train on these routes, even though the train is cheaper and the time lost is limited to 40 minutes,” it said.
It also called for “safeguards that [French national railway] SNCF will not seize the opportunity to artificially inflate its prices or degrade the quality of rail service”.
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