Wear a mask, whether it’s a cloth face covering or one of those neck gaiters, just not the N95 respirators hospital workers need.
Wear a mask, because it’s quite literally the simplest thing we can do to mitigate the community spread of coronavirus. I wear glasses, so a mask fogs my glasses up, which can be annoying and then I get self-conscious about my breathing. But it’s a moment of discomfort while I interview someone for my job, or a run into the grocery store, or whatever it is. It’s a moment.
Wear a mask, because for those who want to reopen the economy (whether in phases or all at once), this is one of the most effective ways to mitigate the spread of the virus while allowing that reopening for a new normal.
Wear a mask, and stop worrying about whether you will look weak or unmanly. I wore my Harry Potter one today when I went to Target while also wearing a Toy Story t-shirt. Who. Gives. A. Fuck. Protip: Most people are in their own heads and not paying attention to you anyway. However, during a global pandemic, particularly one that’s up-ticking again in the United States, they will pay attention to you if you’re walking around without a mask.
Wear a mask; there’s nothing political about it. It has nothing to do with politics. It’s not a Democratic ploy to get the sheeple to do what they want (and really, to what end, anyhow?). Republican governors insisting upon it, like Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, aren’t weak, pathetic RINOs. It’s not political; it’s common sense. And for the record, without getting too into my own politics, I can guarantee, if you matched me up with someone thinking others are sheeps for wearing masks, I would out-concern and out-skeptical them when it comes to state power and the wielding therein. You’re not a sheep for wearing a mask. It’s not infringing on your rights.
Wear a mask, and if Half-Price Books doesn’t want you to come into its store because you’re not, you’re in the wrong, not Half-Price Books. Half-Price Books, as a private entity, can decide who they do and do not want in its store. Half-Price Books is not infringing upon your rights, but you are infringing upon Half-Price Books’ property rights.
Wear a mask, so that we can get a past a hellscape that looks like this:
Wear a mask, because it’s the decent thing to do. Whatever misgivings you have, it’s the decent thing to do. You wouldn’t sneeze on someone, so why not respect other people and wear a mask? Is that virtue signaling? You can call it that, I suppose. But sometimes signaling virtue and signaling that you care about other human beings in your orbit is important, especially during a global pandemic.
Wear a mask; it would save lives. If at least 95 percent of us did it, aside from the economic benefits of getting the economy going again, primarily, it would save lives. The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation did a study that said as much, and that doing so would save 33,000 deaths from happening by October 1. To put that into perspective, the total vehicle fatalities in the United States for 2018 was 40,000. We’re already at 127,000 deaths from the coronavirus, without any sign of yet abating.
Wear a mask, and stop the spread.
Wear a mask, and save lives.
Wear a mask.