Ask What You Can Do For Your Country

Hey, you. Yes, you. 

You who think wearing a mask doesn’t apply to you.

You who states you have a medical condition by which wearing a mask threatens your life.

And you who thinks wearing a mask is “political.”

Let’s get clear on some facts.

Surgeons have been wearing masks since 1937 and anesthesiologists have been wearing masks since 1957. Eighty plus years of mask-wearing and to date, no surgeon or anesthesiologist has been reported dead from wearing masks during hours and hours of surgery. Also to date, none of the hundreds of thousands nurses and physicians wearing masks caring for patients in Covid19 units have died from wearing masks.

The brain has receptors to detect carbon dioxide and oxygen levels and automatically compensates if it detects abnormal levels. You probably don’t even realize it. It’s why you can’t hold your breath as long as you want no matter what. It’s why you start breathing harder if  you’re at a higher altitude. These mechanisms are protective.

If you really truly have such compromised health that precludes you ftom wearing a mask, should you really be risking your life out in the community during pandemic anyway?

I had a full day of appointments and I wore this mask all day. Every single patient could hear me. Even the geriatric ones. And I lived through the day to tell about it.

Matters of public health are political. Would you want someone with Chlamydia or tuberculosis going around not using a condom or not wearing a mask? Why do you make an exception for Covid19? One person with Covid19 can infect two to three people. That’s our family members, our colleagues, our frontline grocery staff, our airline staff, our (ye who keep harping on this) economy. Think of every infected person x who has to call out sick. Sick pay, disability, being short-staffed. And of course, every person who was in contact with person x. I want the economy to boom too. But it’s not going to boom if we have a sick workforce. We need to band together to eradicate this illness. Wearing a mask is the minimum we can do.

So let’s just call a spade a spade. You seek an excuse not to wear a mask.

The harsh reality is that you can’t be bothered to care about your community.

“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” -JFK 1961


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