In some ways, this “mask culture war” isn’t surprising. I have long been aware that Americans and Westerners in general are often ambivalent about the public wearing of masks. So it shouldn’t surprise me that the act of wearing masks would arouse so much derision and resistance. But the negative reaction to masks is still overblown and unnecessary.
Category: mask etiquette
Engin_Akyurt / Pixabay Never would I have imagined when thinking about this blog that I would write a headline that said that CDC recommended wearing a mask outside our homes. This of course is not something I celebrate—it is a sign of how serious this pandemic is, an indicator of how many lives have been…
cdd20 / Pixabay Let’s face it. The U.S. government isn’t exactly batting 1.000 when it comes to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump Administration and CDC missteps led to costly delays in coronavirus testing that cost us a month in efforts to track down and contain the spread of COVID-19. The US has tested over about…
geralt / Pixabay The coronavirus mask is something that no one wants to have to wear. A single death from a virus is tragic. A virus that has a reported death rate of 2%–roughly the same mortality rate as the 1918 flu pandemic that killed between 40 and 100 million people–is something to take seriously….
Influenza is unusually rampant this year as 49 US states report widespread flu cases. This could a year to consider adding a flu mask to your health arsenal (though please note my important disclaimer). Three factors make this particular season particularly severe. The first is the that the number of flu cases has tripled over…