According to CDC Director Robert Redfield, if the United States undertook universal masking, then we could get the coronavirus pandemic under control in a matter of weeks.
With over 63,000 new cases yesterday, this clearly isn't happening. We know from a number of viral videos that people are refusing to wear masks while in public, with many suggesting that wearing a mask infringes on their rights.
While many people have legitimate medical reasons not to wear a mask, it's worth remembering that many of them, as well as others, are still wearing a mask to help protect themselves and others. If these people can wear a mask, so can you.
This 8-year-old with cystic fibrosis has been wearing a mask outside for most of his life, and it isn't slowing him down.
My 8 year old with #cysticfibrosis has been wearing masks as needed since he was 2. He wore masks in the heat with lung function @ 77% and didn’t complain at all. He played happily, ran races, told jokes, LIVED.— Tasha Nelson (@TashaNelson39) July 20, 2020
If an 8 year old can do it. SO CAN YOU. #WearAMask #COVIDー19 pic.twitter.com/WdBkI6k3X0
"I labored for 7 hours and gave birth in a mask so I think the rest of you can wear one for like 10 minutes to go inside a store to grab a Jamba Juice or whatever you do."
I laboured for 7 hours and gave birth in a mask so I think the rest of you can wear one for like 10 minutes to go inside a store to grab a Jamba Juice or whatever you do— amil (@amil) June 17, 2020
If Clint Frazier can hit a home run while wearing a mask, you can wear one for five minutes.
This woman wore a mask for five days a week while battling cancer. So can you.
If this doctor can wear a mask for 8 hours a day, you can wear one while you're shopping.
You're in the store for 30 minutes, the staff are in there for 8 hours.
IF I, AN EMPLOYEE, CAN WEAR MY MASK FOR 8 HOURS, YOU AS A CUSTOMER CAN WEAR YOUR MASK FOR 30 MINS.— paola (@itspaola_yoo) July 10, 2020
"If Bennett can wear a mask for a two hour doctors appointment, you could wear one for a 15 minute trip to the store."
If someone with severe asthma who hasn't been outside in 14 weeks is wearing a mask, you should be too.
Hi. I have severe asthma and have been #shielding for 14 weeks.— Beth Phillips (@paedsnursebeth) July 14, 2020
Face masks are difficult for me. The warm, moist air can induce bronchospasm - causing coughing & breathlessness. I can be exempt from mask wearing. But I still wear one. If you’re well - #NoMasks is not an option. pic.twitter.com/xoFRU3ounJ
"I'm 60 years old. I wear a mask for 12 hour shifts in 100+ degree heat at a mile high where the air is already thin. I remove it for three 20 minute breaks each day."
If someone who has recovered from COVID is wearing a mask, you should be too.
I have asthma and damage to my lungs from beating bronchitis and covid. I pass out from any sort of overheating. U can wear a mask for the safety of others or u can stay your ass in the house if you’re that high risk and have a medical condition that “won’t let you wear one” pic.twitter.com/wIiZOR4LKd— clarke! 🕊 (@_cinnamonro11_) July 3, 2020
If this adorable 95-year-old grandfather is wearing his mask, you have no excuse.
"If my brother with Downs and ADHD can wear a mask and knows that he’s helping others around him, you can too."
If farmers can wear a mask in the Kansas summer heat, so can you.
Nurses wear masks all day, you can wear one to Walmart.
Even the Marines have to wear them.
If this 8-year-old can pull of these kinds of moves while wearing a mask, you can wear one to get some milk.
If a strongman can wear a mask while doing a 525lb squat, you can wear one while carrying a 10lb bag of shopping.
"If my two year old can wear a mask so can you."
You could look this adorable wearing a mask too.
If a cat from 1918 can wear a mask, you can wear one while walking the dog.
If this doctor can wear a space suit to operate on COVID patients, you can wear a mask.
This is how my uncle had to dress today to perform surgery on a Covid positive patient. His oxygen levels did not drop. He did not suffocate. If he can do this, you can wear a mask while running errands. This is not political, it’s about protecting your fellow people. pic.twitter.com/PBxEmdsrLE— Karen Lehr (@KarenLehr) July 16, 2020
"If my super sensitive autistic baby can wear a mask without a meltdown, a Karen can too."
You just need to wear one for 10 minutes, not 13 hours.
If this Air Force veteran can wear a gas mask for 2 hours, you should be wearing a mask.
"Just a reminder if I can wear my N 100 respirator with all of my PPE in 100 degree weather for hours... then you can wear a surgical mask for 30 minutes."
The best way to prevent contracting or spreading the coronavirus is with thorough hand washing and social distancing. If you feel you may be experiencing symptoms of the 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.