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Plague Diary 14: From Not Recommended to Mandatory

What’s Next? Encasing Our Heads in Blocks of Lucite?

A scant week ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) was recommending that face masks should only be worn by people who had the coronavirus. Now, all of a sudden, security guards are turning away customers who are not masked. In no way does a face mask protect the wearer from getting exposed to the virus, unless it is from another person who has the virus but is not masked.

Now all this causes problems for me. First of all, my exhalations result in my eyeglasses fogging up. So imagine trying to read the ingredients of a food item through a fog of one’s own creation. I will try to rig up some kind of improvised cloth face mask for myself using a scarf, if I can.

Secondly, anything that inhibits me from inhaling normally occasionally causes me to gag or choke. Again, an improvised cloth face mask may be the answer.

The face mask I wear is identical with the one in the above photo, except that I have stretchy rubber loops that attach to my ears.



2 thoughts on “Plague Diary 14: From Not Recommended to Mandatory

  1. Well said. Hundreds of thousands of cotton masks have been made by DIYers in every country, for example, the Czech Republic and here in NZ. They are apparently much nicer to wear and can be easily washed, even boiled because of their being cotton. Exhalations and speaking-spit caught by the mask is possibly very helpful in preventing the spread of droplets. By wearing them as you say, we don’t help ourselves as much as help others avoid our accidental expressed moisture, whether or not we have the virus. Altogether, masks or any barrier like a sturdy scarf or large handkerchief is a cleaner approach to an enemy as yet not fully understood. Something like Covid-19 that seems to target the T-cells in our bodies is to be avoided at all costs, even if we are well. Relapses seem extremely dangerous with an already weakened immune system. And so many carry the virus unknowingly. Re social distancing: I am told, better 6 feet apart than 6 feet under.

  2. where i live (nw Oregon) few people are wearing them, but not many leave their homes: just a few cyclists and pedestrians during a “normal” day…

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