The Politics and Responsibility of Mask Wearing
It’s amazing that seemingly everything we are dealing with today has become a political issue and topping that list is the COVID-19 pandemic that we have been dealing with for four months.
Of all the aspects of this the one that leaves me scratching my head the most is wearing a mask in public. Generally speaking, and please note I say “generally” those on the right side of the political spectrum, supporters of President Trump believe that being forced to wear a mask in public violates their rights as an American.
Those that tend to be more on the left or anti-Trump are more likely to embrace wearing a mask to protect themselves and others from the virus.
Yours truly happens to sit in the middle politically on many issues and in some ways I’m in the middle when it comes to putting on a mask. I hate doing it and frequently forget to do so even though I have half-dozen of the face protectors in my car, office and home.
However I recognize that a little discomfort is a small price to pay and as an American it is my responsibility to wear one because science clearly says it does help in limiting the spread of a virus that has confounded many top medical experts.
I tend to tread lightly when it comes to issues today because again everything has been made into a political storm but I’m confused how wearing a mask has somehow divided us along party lines. This is not a Republican or Democratic issue and should not be a pro or anti Trump one but rather right versus wrong.
Why would we not want to make this rather small sacrifice for the safety of ourselves and others? So what if months ago Dr. Fauci said wearing a mask was not necessary? That were based on the available data at that time and we have seen a lot of swings and misses by experts in both the medical and science fields.
However that’s because we have never seen anything like this pandemic and in many cases it’s learn as we go until we hopefully find a vaccine.
Final thought for today and further illustrating the divide in this country. Many people (including friends) have shared on social media that they believe this pandemic will end right after Election Day. I guess you would call them COVID-19 conspiracy theorists. I call them delusional but I guess time will tell.