Universal Mask Use
Universal Mask Use, in my opinion, is the ultimate contemporary expression of The Golden Rule, “Do Unto Others”. The Golden Rule is universal in many cultures and religions around the world. It is an expression known to just about everyone around the globe. The Golden Rule concept is expressed and interpreted as considerate and kind. Mask use keeps our neighbor safe and keeps us safe in turn. Indoor public places are higher risk places for COVID-19 transmission. Indoors, the stranger next to us has the real power to protect us. Universal mask use in our time, is the very visible expression of The Golden Rule. Universal mask means “Do Unto Others”.
As time goes on during the COVID-19 era, whether it be to grocery shop, get gas or teach CPR in the Atlanta area, I see more and more people wearing masks. Thank goodness! Everyone that wears that mask, does so selflessly. Sure, wearing a mask can prevent some infections particles from passing on to us, but the bigger picture points to masks protecting those around us more than just ourselves. When I put on my mask and go into the grocery, I am protecting you. When you put on your mask to grab your mail at the post office, you do so for the guy in front of you.
Universal Mask Use Is Empowering In The COVID-19 Era
Experts say wearing masks saves lives by reducing COVID-19 transmission. This is information empowers us to be part of the solution to the novel coronavirus crisis. Over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, science supporting universal mask use grows and grows. According to the CDC, mounting studies suggest universal mask use lowers transmission of COVID-19 significantly.
Masks are low-tech, easy and zero risk
Universal mask use is a simple, low-tech mechanism to decrease the number of infectious particles that float out of our mouths into the mouths of others. It is as simple as covering one’s mouth when sneezing. Jeremy Howard et al (2020) published a literature review of studies examining the role of face coverings that control droplets from aerosolizing. Surgical masks and cloth face coverings all significantly prevent droplets from the mouth from becoming aerosolized by trapping them or slowing them down.