Is It Patriotic To Wear a Mask?

by Alex Garrett

I pray that we can actually see each other’s faces with no danger in the coming months . I pray we can become mask-less. It’s a tall task right now, but we can get there . I have revived this weekend piece because Vice President Mike Pence is now on camera not wearing a mask at the Mayo Clinic ! How crazy is that!

Having worn a mask this week , I have actually felt quite free. It gives a sense of ability to move around in this time of pandemic while still protecting each other. I have the belief that wearing masks at this time is in fact a patriotic action. Protecting each other is patriotic!

There is a reason why PPE has become a huge need. PPE for healthcare workers is still needed! This equipment for our healthcare workers include masks and N95 masks. Don’t hoard them if you have excess, give them to local hospitals that need it! This continues to be a struggle . In fact, if you’d like to donate this article by Rachel Holliday-Smith at THECITYNY is useful! (https://thecity.nyc/2020/03/how-can-i-donate-supplies-to-new-york-hospitals-in-need.html)

Masks could arguably be the way we jumpstart the economy again, having people who are healthy get back to work safely! It just makes sense! I discussed this idea with Dr. Dennis Duerrelle on Spreaker! (https://www.spreaker.com/episode/26044604)

For me, I feel wearing a mask is giving protection back to the world that I received as a baby. While I was a NICU baby in the isolate , there were tons of doctors and nurses wearing masks to protect the little ones around the unit! Moms and dads and family also had to wear those masks to protect the fragile immune systems of all of us in there. That is why I’m at peace with wearing masks today!

The fact I am at peace with wearing a mask is amusing. The person writing this used to be TERRIFIED of masked characters . I would freak out every time I’d see Mets mascot Mr. Met. I freaked out backstage at Cats The Musical with the face painting. It took years to be OK with costumed characters.

Now the only terror of masks I have is not who is wearing them, it’s the fact of requiring them. We don’t live in a society where we should be required to do anything. Being locked down is the biggest example. So to continue the requirement for everyone may not be ideal. For now, however , it is patriotic!

 

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