The Face Mask Controversy

Florence was shopping at the grocery store when she noticed that a person in the same shopping aisle as she was not wearing a face mask. “Hey, you need to wear a face mask!” She shouted angrily.

The man looked at her and said in a polite tone of voice, “I have asthma, madam. I am exempted from wearing a face mask.”

“Oh, I am sorry, sir,” Florence said; she felt like an idiot because she wrongfully thought that the man was one of those people who blatantly refused to wear a face mask as a sign of protest.

The man smiled at her and said, “It is okay, my dear. I get that sort of thing all of the time. As a matter of fact, someone threw a box of cornflakes at me in this grocery store last week for not wearing a face mask.”

“What did you do?” Florence asked with a surprised look on her face.

“I told them the same thing that I said to you,” The man said. “The person who threw the box of cornflakes at me apologized.”

“I am sorry that I misjudged you,” Florence said.

“Apology accepted,” The man said. “The funny thing is that people will continue to misjudge me for not wearing a face mask.” He picked up a large bottle of coffee from off of the shelf and placed it in his trolley and said, “I am glad that we had this chat. I am betting that you will not be too quick to judge others from now on.”

Florence laughed and said, “You are right about that, sir. I would not be too quick to judge others from now on. By the way, can I ask you one more question?”

The man looked at his wristwatch and said, “Sure. I have time for one more question.”

“How have you managed to keep so calm with all of the misjudging and mistreatment?” Florence asked.

“I am a Catholic priest,” The man said. “I forgive others daily for their transgressions.”

Florence was speechless; she was deeply embarrassed about being disrespectful to a Catholic priest earlier on.

The man said, “Do enjoy the rest of your day,” and began rolling his trolley towards the direction of the closest cashier.

Too Many Of Us Are Quick To Judge Others

Like Florence, too many of us are quick to place our judgement on others.

If we see someone wearing a face mask, we may think that the person is doing their part in combating the spread of COVID-19.

And, if we see a person not wearing a face mask, we might come to the conclusion that the person is willfully going against the rules.

What a lot of people have failed to consider is that the person who is not wearing a mask might be one of those people who suffer from asthma.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the following types of people should not wear face masks:

  • Children that are younger than two years of age.
  • Anyone who has any sort of trouble breathing.
  • Anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove their face mask without assistance.

So, my friend, the wearing of face masks is not for everyone.

Do Face Masks Prevent Us From Getting COVID-19?

Now, it all depends on whom you ask.

If you ask someone who believes that COVID-19 is all a hoax, they will tell you, “No!”

And if you ask almost anyone who believes that the COVID-19 threat is real, they will probably say to you, “Yes, wearing face masks will prevent you from getting COVID-19.”

In all honesty, a surgical face mask is not quite as effective as an N95 face mask (Which is the reason why N95 face masks are reserved for health-care professionals).

The average person will be seen in public with a simple-looking surgical face mask, or a simple-looking (or a stylish-looking) face mask; one that is made of a breathable fabric.

Also, what a lot of us have failed to realize is that those face masks will be ineffective if:

  • Our reusable face masks are not cleaned properly.
  • Our face mask hangs too loosely on our face.
  • Our face mask only covers our mouth (You and I both know that face masks are supposed to cover our nose and our mouth).

I have seen my fair share of people wearing face masks that fit loosely on their faces as well as those people wearing a face mask that covered only their mouths (Which is ridiculous because they can still breathe in the dreaded coronavirus through their exposed nostrils).

And, I would not doubt the fact, that there are some people wearing contaminated reusable face masks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published an article called, How to Wash Masks (Anyone who has an interest in cleaning reusable face masks the right way should read it thoroughly).

The Face Mask Industry Is Thriving

I am not at all surprised that people are flooding the market with reusable face masks that are stylish (People are scared of getting COVID-19 and they want to look good when they are outdoors).

If you do not believe me, you can have look at Kristen Philipkoski’s article, 30+ Fashion Brands Pivoting To Make Stylish Coronavirus Masks (Hopefully, it would convince you that I am telling the truth about the thriving face mask industry).

Those of you with Pinterest accounts may have come across pictures of women wearing gorgeous-looking outfits with matching face masks.

Companies like Amazon and Etsy have also jumped on the bandwagon; they intend on selling some of those stylish-looking face masks online (And, I have a strong feeling, that they are going to make a lot of money by following through with that decision of theirs).

Apparently, having a stylish-looking face mask for each day of the week is part of the new normal.

How Long Will People Have To Wear Their Face Masks In Public?

The truth is that epidemiologists are not one hundred percent sure as to how long we will have to wear those face masks of ours for (Some of them are hoping for the creation of a COVID-19 vaccine by the year, 2021).

So, it looks as though you and I will have to wear face masks until COVID-19 dies down on its own or a cure for it is created in a well-sanitized laboratory in some part of the world.

You have probably heard the rumour about Bill Gates wanting to depopulate the planet by giving people a vaccine — a vaccine that supposedly makes people sterile and creates a whole new set of health problems for those who take it.

In all honesty, I am somewhat fed up with wearing face masks in public (I am only wearing them because COVID-19 poses a threat to people’s lives) and I am not too eager to take the vaccination for COVID-19 when it comes out.

Final Thoughts

Here in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, we are expected to wear face masks when:

  • We are shopping at the grocery store.
  • We are travelling on public transport.
  • We are walking about in public.
  • We are in a clothing store.
  • We are paying a visit to the dentist.
  • We are paying a visit to the doctor.
  • We are conducting financial transactions at the bank.

The biggest irony is that we will wear our face masks for the reasons that were mentioned above. But, a large number of us will refuse to wear face masks in our very own neighbourhood; we tend to comply with the rules of wearing face masks when we are outside of our own neighbourhood (It is as though the people do not believe that COVID-19 has infiltrated (or will ever infiltrate) their own community).

COVID-19 has turned the whole world upside down and those in authority expect everyone to comply by wearing face masks; which is something that all well-behaved members of society will gladly do.

I would like to wake up from this nightmare — the one that is commonly referred to as, “The new normal,” and see a world without any traces of COVID-19.

89 thoughts on “The Face Mask Controversy

  1. Hi Renard, I love the lesson about not being too quick to judge as people are getting killed over this controversy. It’ll probably be over after the election. Time will tell.

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    1. 🙂 Thank you, Sally.

      The Catholic priest was not wearing his clerical collar while he was shopping. He was wearing regular clothing.

      I wanted to highlight in a very subtle fashion that an accuser could be wrongfully accusing someone who is innocent.

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      1. Yes, for sure. We need to be careful not to judge, or to shout at others, or, to throw corn flakes .🤗
        This post resonated with me in the fact that we had a priest once who never wore his clerical collar anywhere, and we always wondered why not. (Eventually he was dismissed, but not for refusing to wear his collar🤗).

        There are also psychological conditions, such as claustrophobia, which would make mask wearing difficult.

        Having said all this, I live on an island . Almost no one wears a mask here, but I wish that they would.

        Let us pray that the pandemic will be behind us soon. 🤗🌷

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  2. For the COVID too dosappeare without a trace, you will have to be dreaming, not walking up from a nightmare. Good post and very pertinent information

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  3. In the UK it was suddenly made mandatory to wear face masks in shops after pubs have been re-opened. People can go out to crowded pubs without a mask but not in shops (this is not an argument for or against). Also, despite there being little evidence of face masks protecting you from getting it (some degree of protection from transmission if you have a virus) there was a U-TURN.

    Skepticism of covid measures doesn’t mean you think it’s all a hoax. What I think is happening is black-&-white thinking; anyone who is even skeptical of face masks gets accused of denying the threat to vulnerable people, yet anyone who acknowledges the threat MUST be in favour of masks. It’s this either/or mentality, all-or-nothing thinking! That’s what I see. I don’t know whether that’s what the ministry of propaganda wanted (search SPI-B, the behaviour-change program for the UK, recently released).

    Then there’s this ‘vaccine is the only solution’ justification for turning most countries into a totalitarian, Orwellian police state with the media misreporting non-lockdown countries like Sweden. How come their rates of hospitalisations and deaths are on the decline (which was the rationale for home-improsonment) despite rising cases? The answer is, non-vulnerable groups are catching it, recovering and getting immune, thats’s what’s slowing the transmission rate. I suspect the vaccine industray hates Sweden’s approach because it could jeopardise a lucrative business endeavour. Look at GAVI and Imperial College London. Trace the funding stream. The rumours you may have heard of Bill gates (specifically, the Bill ad Melinda Gates Foundation) are not far off. I woudn’t go so far as to say he wants to depopulate the planet (asserting that will get you branded as a ‘conspiracy theorist), but there are almost certainly financial interests. Sorry, I m going a bit off-topic.

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    1. 🙂 Thank you so kindly for sharing all of those things with me.

      It was a pleasure to find out how the United Kingdom and Sweden are handling the COVID-19 situation.

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      1. Not at all. I enjoyed reading. I don’t know what it’s like in your country but I wager there’s likely been a similar propaganda campaign. The bottom line is, when can we get a normal life back? The answer is to keep questioning the rationale, look for contrary evidence. I enjoyed the post. So much brought-up I could go on all day. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Great post Renard. I just want this nightmare to be over. I miss everything, literally. So much taken for granted until it’s gone. Not saying I did but when the little things we overlooked are gone, it’s a stark reality when it’s taken away. Life is so stressful right now on everyone. I pray for us all. One day we’ll be back to normal and I pray people appreciate the life we once had and thank God for even the smallest things. Sorry to go on but I guess, that’s the stress of it all. Be safe and Blessed my friend!!

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  5. Excellent post, Renard. The face mask controversy is unfortunate. People need to realize there is no one size fits all in life. And to add to the chaos in the US, no one is on the same page. Guidelines differ from state to state; city to city, etc. I would like to wake up from the COVID-19 nightmare, as well. Take care -Eugenia

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  6. You are so right. Face masks are not for everyone. After retiring from more than twenty years in healthcare, when the virus began I of course made myself a face mask. Right away I noticed difficulty breathing with the mask. The next week I went into an Ollies store and five minutes in the store and I was gasping for breathe. I ripped the mask from my face to bteathe. It was then that I realized that they had no A/C and no ventilation of any kind. Since that event I only wear a masks in areas that demand it (which is a violation of our rights) and then I cannot wear it over my nose. So people can judge all they want to…no one has the right to judge except God.

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  7. I have been wearing a mask when inside stores and when social distancing is not possible. I get all kinds of looks from the anti maskers, those whom I am wearing the mask to protect. My mask does not protect me, but it does minimize the spread of Covid to other, should I be asymtomatic. I agree, having your glasses steam up is not fun, but, then, neither is Covid. Stay well, practice Safe Six and wear a mask when you can’t and we can all go about this current normal feeling safer.

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  8. Great post, Renard. I definitely don’t want a vaccination and I hope it’s not mandatory, (Bill Gates profits from vaccines and he’s not a doctor), I don’t trust him at all.

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      1. 🙂You’re welcome. I’ve heard that some people are being attacked, pepper sprayed, coffee thrown at them for not wearing a mask outside, certain people are getting crazy about mask wearing. I hope this all goes back to normal sanity again!

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  9. Dear Renard, I want to commend you for spreading a vitally important message.
    This is from CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines: “A cloth face covering may not protect the wearer, but it may keep the wearer from spreading the virus to others.” Yes, the “new normal” is tiresome, but wearing a mask in public where social distancing is not always possible constitutes social responsibility. As to those who do not believe in Covid 19, they should come here and take a look at the the two rented refrigerator trailers behind a funeral home that ran out of its own space to keep the bodies. They should talk to the heroic people on the front line – doctors and nurses. This is real, and unfortunately, it won’t end tomorrow.

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    1. Exactly! We wear the mask to protect the people around us, everone on a mission to save the world. And talking about frontlines, I made it a habit to say “Thank you for working today” to all the people at the grocery stores and workshops. They keep the economy and the system alive. And the grocery people keep us alive in a very direct, physical sense.

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    2. Let me guess, have most of those deaths been from people who’ve had pre-existing health conditions & risk factors for developing complications? people in care homes (where most covid-related deaths in Europe have been) due to hospitals discharging patients into care homes without testing them allowing them to infect the most at-risk people in society. Re ‘those who do not believe in covid’; just because you don’t agree with the measures DOESN’T MEAN you don’t believe covid is a threat, I wouldn’t jump to that conclusion. It’s important not to fall into all-or-nothing thinking. When we look at the bigger picture.

      I get the appeal of ‘doing the right thing’, but the truth is, those terrible scenes you describe are NOT THE FAULT of everyday people getting on with their lives, they’re largely the result of failure to protect the most vulnerable people in society. On that note, what about the deaths in care homes in the UK, Italy, Spain and New York State USA? Clearing hospitals quickly, not matter what (to hide years of cuts to health care). That’s what’s likely happened.

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      1. Where I live, people used to have hurricane parties any time they heard a hurricane warning. The first thing that disappeared from store shelves was not water, but beer. Now they are having Covid parties. These are young people, without any pre-existing conditions. Some of them have already died. My information comes from two sources: hospitals and funeral homes. I am not assigning faults, G-d forbid, but asking people to to take prevention measures as an act of social responsibility.

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        1. RE personal responsibility I agree; good hand hygiene, staying home if unwell, staying away from older or vulnerable people if you’ve been to parties or large gatherings, not going to parties or large gatherings if you live with people in vulnerable groups. Easy. We don’t need to have basic freedoms taken away to keep people safe.

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          1. I agree. Unfortunately, those “Covid parties” are attended by young people, and they are the ones who get infected and die. Meanwhile, they manage to infect other people. This “older and vulnerable” label is a myth. Granted, we are the first and the most affected, but young and relatively healthy people are stricken down as well. Even those who aren’t could still be the carriers of deadly virus. They certainly have the freedom to endanger themselves, but does anyone have the right to endanger others?

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            1. Quite right, younger people can and do get covid badly, can and do end-up dying, but they are likely not the norm FOR EVERYONE OF THAT DEMOGRAPHIC EXPOSED. RE endangering others; that’s why I mentioned ‘not going to parties if you live with vulnerable people’. I am one of those ‘young and healthy’ people but I don’t go to parties (haven’t got that sort of social circle at present, which is kind of a blessing). Still, I think Sweden’s rule on banning gatherings of +50 people is pretty sensible. You can still live a pretty normal life with that in effect. ARE THOSE GATHERINGS LARGER THAN 50 PEOPLE? That’s what I’d be curious to know. Even more so, are people at those gatherings doing stupid things like sharing beer with strangers?

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              1. I don’t know if those parties number more than 50 people, but I do know that those people share much more than beer, not to go into inmate details.
                Today one of students and her entire family were tested positive, following her father being hospitalized. The father is 60, the rest of the family of various ages, including a baby.
                I get your point, dear friend, but I suppose that being in the epicenter gives one a different outlook on things.

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                1. RE “those people share much more than beer” Well there we go then, that’s just plain irresponsible behaviour on the part of a minority of the population no doubt. It’s certainly not justification for Orwellian measures for the rest of us or for governments to treat their populations like children. I think the Swedish approach to managing the epidemic is very sound and sober.

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                  1. I agree with your opinion regarding the Swedish approach. However, Scandinavians as a whole are generally rational and disciplined people. Not so here, in a place known as “the partyland of America.” People come here to let their hair down with no holds barred. Same applies to most of the denizens populating the southmost tip of this great state. As soon as beaches were open for Memorial Day weekend, social responsibility was thrown in the ocean together with personal safety measures. I think everybody has seen photos of side-by-side beachgoers. The week after that, our numbers shot up, demographics changed, reflecting much younger Covid victims, and we have become the “hot spot.”
                    I am the last one to advocate tyranny, and I think decisions should be made by local authorities, based on local specifics. Sadly, those authorities are not always up to par.

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                    1. I think at this stage, there is a spectrum of measures. At the mild end of the spectrum are banning of large gatherings. For a lot of people that won’t cause much disruption to their lives. Banning people going to visit friends or go to the pub, that may bit a bit too far. Locking people in their homes and only allowing them to leave once a day; that’s just over the top. I personally think second lockdowns would be too far (not to mention hugely unpopular, damaging to the economy, having too much co-lateral damage, and not affordable). I think things like banning large gatherings could be a remedy.

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                    2. I do agree with you on that. Visiting friends should be a personal choice, and locking people in their homes, unless they are quarantined for specific reasons and specific duration, is definitely draconian.

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  10. Thanks for writing such a sensible post.

    I think a big issue we’ve had is that the overwhelming majority of people in the US at least have not been wearing facemasks around not because of health issues, but because they just don’t want to (for whatever reason). Unfortunately, what that means is that if someone is not masking for legit reasons (like health reasons), such people often become the target of ire.

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  11. I’ve heard you’re not wearing the mask to protect yourself from others but protect others from you! And since after 130 days in lockdown, and not showing any symptoms yet, I’m quite sure to be not infected I’m not taking my duty too seriously anymore. Particularly when having a technical talk with mechanics and panel beaters we’re all healthy so far and don’t wanna sound muffled.

    Golden protip: If your car needs a repair or inspection, do it now now! The mechanics are sitting in empty workshops with nothing to do and will be happy to take on your little project.

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  12. I wore a mask and avoided crowded places even before pandemic as I am a kidney transplant recipient. The instructions being given for corona were pretty much applicable to kidney transplant recipients. It works , it reduces your risk a lot. hand washing, maintaining hygiene should be your life long habits. I don’t know why people are refusing to wear mask and maintain the norms. Life is precious and we don’t know what side effects corona can have on bodies. if you love yourself you must do it. take from y personal experience hospital, treatments , side effects are bigger torture than wearing a mask. so put your mask on and smile!

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  13. Very rightly brought out, Renard….there are so many other things we are overlooking which is required to be done in this time. I feel it’s the fear that has creeped into the hearts of people which is making them impatient. It’s been a long time and the future is still bleak. Such posts help to spread awareness. Thanks for sharing it.

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  14. Well written And explained Renard Moreau.I understand the situation being a physician.I sweat a lot and become breathless when I wear the PPE but that is the only way either to prevent spread or protect oneself.You have touched beautifully the reasons for not wearing the mask by your narration and reasoning. And those who are claustrophobic…… truly it’s a nightmare. Thank you for your timely post.Looks like it’s going to be the way we are going to lead the rest of our life.No other go

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  15. The governor here said a medical condition is not a reason to not wear a face mask. That if someone is that bad off they absolutely cannot wear a face mask, then they should be trying every chance they can to stay home. To get family or friends to shop. The problem that is happening in the store I work at is 1 in 10 people are claiming to have some kind of medical condition. My issue with that is I doubt that many people actually have a medical condition and are taking advantage of it. Most places here are denying the right regardless of medical condition or not. My other beef is I know people who have health conditions including asthma where they have to do treatments every morning etc….and those SAME people wear a face mask in public. People are being way too dramatic about masks if you ask me. If I can work all night in no air conditioning in a face mask, then I am sure somebody can handle it for a half hour of shopping and if you can’t then you are at most risk of getting COVID and therefor should not be leaving your house. Rarely do people have both a medical condition and don’t know anybody that can shop or do their activities for them. Yet in our store it seems to be this huge population that have medical conditions so bad that it prevents wearing a mask. I have never seen so many unhealthy people until the pandemic. So if these so called people are not lying, we should perhaps be concerned about the population. OR JUST MAYBE….most of them are perfectly fine and would rather make a fuss over nothing. I am not catering to anyone on this, it is our safety. If I had that many medical conditions that it would prevent me from wearing a mask, I would stay home. Even if I didn’t know anybody. We have many programs and resources here where you pay a company to shop and deliever your stuff right to your door. Those are just my personal thoughts that there is no excuse. And yes people are taking advantage of it so a week later after the mask rule was made mandatory the governor came out and said no more excuses and by going out with that many medical conditions is risking your own life mask or not.

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      1. Anytime. I get where you’re coming from, but trust me a lot of people are taking advantage of the medical condition and I think it made it a problem for the few who actually have a legitimate medical condition. Isn’t that society though? LIke when it comes to anything. MOST people wouldn’t steal from an unlocked car, but there will always be that one idiot who would and ruin it for everyone. 😛

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  16. It’s funny because you can tell for the most part when people are lying to your face about a so called medical condition and the store I work in is too cheap to turn down a sale. As a person who worked in a grocery store through this entire pandemic, I am sick about hearing excuses and risking my life.

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  17. I haven’t read all of the replies. The reality is the priest can both catch and spread the virus just like anyone else (and in the US, many have and have died as a result). I’ve got COPD, and I use a different type of mask as a result, but I don’t go maskless. That would put my wife at risk, and she has health issues. So in my view, the actions of the priest are inadequate.

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    1. 🙂 Vic, I would like to pint out that the CDC has stipulated that people with asthma should not wear face masks.

      I can clearly see where you are coming from and in your case, it is better to be safe than sorry.

      Thank you for your participation!

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      1. The CDC has said a lot of things, some I suspect due to political pressure. I trust Dr. Fauci, but my trust in the rest of organization is selective. In any case, there are some cloth masks that are impossible for me to use, but the thinner masks are viable. The New York Post reported more than 70 deaths among priests, rabbis and ministers in NYC (05/20/2020).

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  18. Interesting take Renard! I didn’t know before now that asthmatic people couldn’t use facemasks and although, I see a lot of people disregard the current safety directives thankfully, I don’t approach them head-on like Florence! LOL.

    Thanks for the information but I am concerned, how do you pay a visit to the dentist while wearing your facemask? I mean, he’s here to work with your mouth.

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    1. 🙂 The mask is actually for the waiting room.

      When one is going to be operated on by the dentist, they will have to remove their face mask.

      The dentist wears a face mask combined with a transparent face shield while they perform dental procedures on people.

      Thank you for your participation, Eromonsele.

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  19. I too wish to wake up from ‘the new normal’… And yes, quite a few people are exempt from the requirement to wear a mask, including people like my son who has autism and learning disability and cannot cope with wearing anything on his face. The regulations (here in the UK) mention a few exemptions more than those you’ve listed above. So yes, your point about not being to quick to judge is a very valid one, thank you x

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  20. Excellent post Renard! Canada has the exact same rules in place regarding wearing of masks. And you’re right we in my building tend to be lax with wearing masks IN the hallways; laundry & garbage rooms. And our 6 foot distancing goes out the window too; it’s more like 2-3 feet…..
    I do my best to maintain at least 4 feet & if I feel a cough or sneeze coming on; I step away from people. I have Bronchial Asthma & in theory go WITHOUT a mask but I feel that is too much of a risk as I have Immunity issues. So wearing a breathable mask with charcoal filter not only gives me a feeling of protection but also confidence. And seeing most everyone in their masks helps too. And I notice not so much touching of face either.
    I am using a company called https://www.weddingstar.ca/category/protective-face-masks-and-accessories
    They are Canadian made, affordable & have filters that can be added between inner & outer layers of masks. They are not N95 but they ARE effective which is important!
    And yes there is a push for pretty masks or masks with sport logos…I can tell you I’ve spoken to MANY people of ALL ages & they say being able to wear a mask that they chose helps them to WANT to WEAR them….I have a black one, a floral fiesta one & 2 leopard print masks. I do co-ordinate my outfit to the mask…it sounds silly but mentally it helps me feel ‘in control’….. I spoke with a mature couple @ Grocery store on Saturday & they both had masks like mine (well made & with filter) & they were horse patterns….they were AWESOME!
    I find people are friendlier wearing the mask….maybe we feel on equal footing? I do not judge a maskless person…..I just pray they do not catch this Virus!!!
    Whew I sure do go on, don’t I???
    ((hugs)) Sherri-Ellen 🙂

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      1. It is good to exchange views & find out what is going on in other countries re: Covid-19.
        I pray one day there is a return to our ‘normal’ but if not I’ll wear a mask when I need to go out.
        Stay safe Renard! 😉

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  21. I was just wondering, are masks meant not as infection control, but as a social control? The effectiveness of masks has only been studied in hospital/clinical settings. As has already been mentioned in the comments above masks are not effective at preventing catching but preventing spreading if you have a virus (in which case you should be self-isolating anyway). If you don’t have symptoms, exercises common sense like good hand hygiene and not breathing at strangers. One of the key themes throughout this crisis is to make people feel that they’re doing their bit or more sinister; to make people who want to get on with their lives as normal are ‘selfish’, to get people against each other; certainly, the propaganda in the UK has played on this. On the note of social control there are two levels; a) crude; relying on direct coercion and threat and b) subtle; relying on fear of ostracization & dis-approval from others. It’s no doubt that the ‘doing the right thing’ has been an example of the latter; capitalizing on that.

    Note; just because you don’t agree with the measures doesn’t mean you think COVID-19 isn’t a threat, it is to vulnerable people. Let’s not fall into black-&-white thinking/baby-out-with-bathwater thinking. The boffins who make-up the the slogans know all this.

    On the note of the ‘quick to judge others’ point in the post. I think the answer is YES, & I think that’s intentional & deliberate for reasons I’ve said. Tell big brother to FUCK-OFF & most importantly, keep questioning the rationale.

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  22. I don’t like this new normal, too. I am, unfortunately, not too well informed, nor have done sufficient research to be able to voice an opinion on the mask thing. Will it actually help curb the spread or not? I just follow it and do wear a mask. It’s the law here. Refuse and be fined, or go to jail. I don’t think we have a so-called exemption for people with weak respiratory system. I actually think that people with asthma might be more at risk – but there is no study or research to back that hypothesis up. Wearing a mask is uncomfortable, yes… but if it helps (and I do hope that it does), let’s do what we can.

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  23. Better to take precautions after one steps out of home. People are taking it so lightly and are not even aware why the word Pandemic is used. Hope for the best to be sooner.

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  24. Thanks for sharing. Yes, we never know why someone is not wearing one. It could be they are defiant, don’t believe in it or just can’t due to medical issues. It is hard to know by looking at someone.

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