So, today I've been making face masks, cloth face masks. As the pandemic emerged the public health information system adamantly told us that we did NOT need to wear face masks. News agencies said that the research shows that people can actually get sicker when they wear face masks. The theory was that when people wear face masks they touch their faces more than usual and are always messing around with the mask, therefore likely bringing more virus into contact with their skin, eyes, and mouth. Well, recently all of that information has done a 180 degree turn around. The CDC is now recommending that all people wear a cloth face mask when outside. They are pleading that we not use the health care quality face masks, they need to be utilized for the front line health care people who need them most. The emphasis is on keeping your sickness away from other people not to prevent yourself from getting sick.
Almost instantly after the CDC recommendation to wear masks came out, the social shaming began. I began to wonder, what if someone yells at me in the produce department for wearing the mask that the hospital gave me two years ago when my mom had the flu? I don't want to draw attention to myself and risk someone yelling at me. Last week a woman had just got off work at an optometrist and wearing her scrubs into the store she was heckled and yelled at by the other customers eventually ending up on national news. Yikes, who wants that? So, here I am making cloth masks today because I need to go give my mom some personal hygiene supplies and pick up some groceries tomorrow.
And the daily effects of this pandemic roll on......