The Center for National Disease Control stated early on during this pandemic that the overall public must wear face masks. However there is one major problem with this call to action.
Providing masks to the entire public population is very challenging. The recourses required to create these safely and efficiently are getting scarce. The recourses would unfortunately lead to the decrease in product for the people that need masks the most. People that need masks the are doctors, and other health professionals. In order to achieve the goal of consumption, the public needs to stop the hoarding, and learn that it is going to be alright, because there are other options.
One option is to pick up a new life skill. Taking an hour out of your day and learn a new life skill such as sewing can be rewarding and beneficial. One little girl scout stitch could create a magnificent facemask. It could be a nice way to release stress caused by working from your home and juggling this new way of life. Simply get out an old pair of leggings, or an old shirt, and find 2 elastics (or hair ties) to piece the face masks together. It is best to find new and interesting life skills on the internet because it is right at our fingertips!
Another way to help save masks for our essential workers is to buy cloth masks, but how do we know that cloth masks are safe? It is important to do research because there are plenty of wonderful ideas out there for creating and sewing so that we can live safely. Some websites and apps I have personally found helpful are, Etsy, Redbubble, and Amazon. These are all wonderful companies helping to keep the public a little safer so that this pandemic and social quarantine can be lifted soon.
By now we have learned as a community how to effectively follow societies new golden rule. We need to establish why we wear masks. So, why do we?
There are several ways in which infection can start whether it is the coronavirus or a little cold. Viral aerosols can spread through coughing, sneezing, or breathe. This virus especially travels through hard surfaces and close contact. The primary and most important mode of transmission for COVID-19 is through close contact from person-to-person. Based on data from lab studies on COVID-19 and what we know about similar respiratory diseases, it may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. Thus following social distancing and practicing wearing your mask in any public situation can only benefit yourself and others around you. There is no harm in keeping you and your surroundings safe.
That is the only way to get through these hard times to help contribute to our overall environment so that one day we can live our old lives but with a better wiser perspective.