MASKS OF THE MASSES
"Who was that masked man, anyway?"
That was one of our favorite lines of our youth, usually asked by some awe-struck cowhand on The Lone Ranger TV show as the hero and his faithful companion, Tonto, rode off into the sunset.
Of course, you have to be part of the "inspired generation" to remember that one, but when it comes to wearing face masks throughout the years, most of us would think of Surgeons or Outlaws – until now.
As this new year began, no one could have imagined that in only a few months millions of people around the world would be covering most of their face with a mask, as the best way yet to avoid the dreaded Covid-19 virus, which is devastating almost every country in the world. Yet, there are still many people who refuse to put one on.
Why the hell not?
In the early days of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said healthy people didn’t need to wear face masks. But on April 3, the CDC issued a recommendation advising everyone to wear a cloth face mask or covering in public, as well as social distancing, to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Naturally, there was some confusion—not helped by the fact that certain prominent public officials, as well as a handful of egotistical Hollywood stars, thought their eminence was enough protection.
Guess what? It wasn't!
But, in general, some people still refuse to put on a mask or face covering when they leave the house, regardless of the rules in their local area. To be clear, we're talking about people who should be wearing a mask, per the CDC, which includes almost all healthy kids and adults.
Some of the unmasked renegades are getting called out on social media, which is a big help. However, with some individuals, nothing seems to work, as with the Florida woman who stood up at a public forum and declared, “I don’t wear a mask for the same reason I don’t wear underwear, things gotta breathe.”
If a man thinks he's too macho to wear a mask, or a woman thinks she's too pretty to cover her face, well that's their problems. As long as they stay away from us.
We're into face masks and social distancing in a big way – and we hope you are, too. Good friends are hard to find.
So, to paraphrase a famous quote: "Be all you can be – but be it with a