Do you remember wondering what the next year held for you back in December of 2019? I do. I was searching for happiness, and not just a broad definition of happiness, but happiness within myself. I was going through a rough time during the holiday season, especially around New Years. I wish I had enjoyed the holiday season then because more than likely, we won’t get to enjoy it this year.
According to IHME, more than 900 thousand lives have been taken by COVID-19. I know people who have been personally affected by the coronavirus during the pandemic. I know of people who have passed away from complications due to the virus. I know people who have contracted the virus and been bedridden. This virus effects those with underlying health conditions and the elderly the most. When I go into public, I always hope that I do not see one person without a mask. I cannot express this enough, but the pandemic isn’t over just because you’re over it.
As time goes on, I notice more and more people are turning into “anti-maskers.” I’ve not been able to wrap my mind around how someone can care so little about other people. How is the President of The United States not wearing a mask and telling other people who follow him to wear a mask? There are so many ways for us to stop the spread of COVID-19, but yet anti-maskers, including our president, don’t use them because it slightly inconveniences them. It has been said by the CDC that masks reduce the spread of COVID-19 by not allowing particles expelled by breathing, sneezing and coughing into the air as easily to help protect those around you.
Right now, a really popular advertisement is “Why do you wear a mask,” and this really put my mind to work. I’m not at high risk if I contract coronavirus. I don’t have any underlying health conditions, and I’m pretty young. I could not wear a mask, possibly contract COVID-19, and in the long run my health would be fine. So, why would I wear a mask? I work in the public, as well as go to a college with many other students. I could spread the virus easily with being in constant contact with people. I don’t wear a mask to protect myself, I wear my mask to protect other people who are at high risk during the pandemic.
The coronavirus pandemic is not something to be taken lightly. Wearing a mask can save someone’s life other than your own. Social distance, wash your hands, wear a mask, and most importantly have enough respect for others to try to keep them safe.