Like a lot of Americans and people all over the world I have been sheltering in place for 3 months. I have watched southern and western states open too early and now we are seeing a spike in cases. Now that my state is opening I too see the majority of people not wearing masks. I believe this is because their mindset is telling them, because they are healthy the virus won’t have a great effect on them. However, they don’t think how the virus would affect me.
I am over 60 and obese. Therefore, I am in the high risk category for complications from coronavirus. Because of the lack of consideration by so many I do not feel it is safe for me to be out enjoying restaurants, the boardwalk and I even feel a bit uncomfortable at the beach. We have decided to only go to the beach on a weekday when the crowds are less. We do not go to the boardwalk because no one wears a mask. Even with my mask I am still at a risk because so many are not wearing a mask. My daughter was at the shore all week with friends and I am sure she did not really practice social distancing or wearing a mask. So I will make a decision not to see her for at least 2 weeks.
I watch the people protesting about having their rights taken away because they have to wear a mask. They do not realize it is the kind thing to do to protect their loved ones and other’s loved ones. I feel until we have a vaccine I am trapped in limbo because so many refuse to be kind and compassionate.
I see the mask as a way of telling someone they matter.