The COVID-19 pandemic is fast becoming a political issue. The mere mention of wearing a face mask or discussing the severity of the virus online is pretty much an open invitation for everyone on your feed to offer up a litany of opinions, statistics, and in some instances, conspiracy theories.
Something that Adam Savage of Mythbusters fame experienced firsthand when he urged folks to wear their face masks.
The Center for Disease Control currently promotes the usage of face masks to slow the spread of COVID-19, a practice not everyone is currently on board with. Police in Philadelphia dragged a man off of a bus for not wearing one, and a Target security guard broke his arm after getting into a fight with shoppers who were upset about being turned away from the store for not wearing masks.
The efficacy of wearing cloth masks is a touchy subject and not an exact science. If a non-carrier is wearing a mask and they come into contact with a carrier who isn't wearing one, rocking a mask won't do much to protect the wearer from infection. However if both individuals are wearing masks, that significantly reduces the chances of the non-carrier of contracting the virus.
So wearing a mask, essentially, helps protect those at risk, which is probably why Adam advocated wearing them.
Because discussion around the pandemic has understandably become such a hot button issue, Adam's tweet resulted in a Twitter fire storm. His suggestion for folks to wear their face masks when they go outside didn't sit too kindly with some of his followers, who had strong language for the reality TV show host and science enthusiast.
Normally whenever a celebrity or someone with a lot of followers gets any blowback online, they usually don't respond to the haters and just go about their merry day.
But Adam wasn't taking kindly to some of the comments people were making to his tweet, and he decided to let them know just how he felt.
He didn't hold back.
The conversations quickly devolved into, surprise surprise, political talk. Mentions of Trump, the Democrats started flooding in right away. Other fans of Adam let the tech snd science geek know how disappointed they were of his mention of face masks and didn't like the fact that their intelligence was insulted in his initial tweet.
Others suggested that Adam brush up on his scientific knowledge, whereas some people mentioned how the CDC seemed to constantly shift its opinion on the efficacy of wearing face masks and pointed out articles where the practice was even maligned at one point.
There were also plenty of folks who applauded Adam for his message and were happy that he made a pro-mask wearing PSA.
Whatever your feelings on the U.S. government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic is, it seems like depending on which part of the country you visit, each area has different ways of dealing with the threat.
Most businesses require you wear a mask indoors. Some parts of California have bulldozed skate parks, while some beaches miles away are open despite a ban on large gatherings.
The best way to prevent contracting or spreading coronavirus is with thorough hand washing and social distancing. If you feel you may be experiencing symptoms of coronavirus, which include persistent cough (usually dry), fever, shortness of breath, and fatigue, please call your doctor before going to get tested. For comprehensive resources and updates, visit the CDC website. If you are experiencing anxiety about the virus, seek out mental health support from your provider or visit NAMI.org.