Wearing Masks During a Pandemic
There have been several states that have not been enforcing masks as mandatory. For example, in southern states such as Georgia, Florida, etc., cases have been increasing rapidly due to the spontaneous reopening and lenient opinions of wearing masks. It has been proven that many of us are asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19, but are not impacted by the virus. However, if an asymptomatic carrier of the virus goes to a public area without being cautious about wearing a mask or social distancing, there is an extremely high chance that the virus will be transmitted to others that will suffer an impact. Elders and people with pre-existing illnesses are much more susceptible to the virus, so having stricter enforcement for masks will somewhat help resolve the issue of spreading the virus. It is important that our community is aware of the consequences that will be faced if repercussions are not being taken seriously. As a rising junior in high school along with several other students, this year is essential for learning. I’m sure that other school students will agree with that! With many schools reopening, people must take the extra steps in order to guarantee a safe environment. We can start taking those steps by simply wearing a mask! Mandating a mask rule (along with several other rules of course) can prevent the spread of this virus. We hold the power to help move forward and stop this pandemic from running rampant, but that is only possible if we all do our jobs. A next step could be holding small educational groups which can inform others who don’t have access to additional information, this can bring more awareness to the current situation. Making masks and other safety equipment more affordable and available, advocating for mask and social distancing rules, continuing to educate others etc… are just a few other ways to help control the flow of this virus. Be smart. Wear a mask. Save lives.
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