Choosing Not to Wear a Mask is Selfish

Listen, I get it. You don’t like wearing a mask. Sure, no one does. But we do what we have to to keep others safe, right?

Apparently not.

First, people protested against lockdown. They were SHOCKED when people who attended protests got sick.

…despite the fact that lockdown has been shown to WORK to flatten the curve and keep people healthy. Don’t believe me? Just look at how other country’s COVID19 numbers have gone way DOWN and how the U.S. numbers have gone UP after states started reopening.

Then, states started reopening and people protested and whined about wearing masks. They say it’s “unconstitutional.”

Um…where in the constitution does it say that you have the freedom to spread illnesses to others?

Americans like to tout themselves as endlessly patriotic.

Sometimes it honestly comes off as overcompensating. Look at Israel, for example, where every citizen (with some exceptions, of course) serves in the military for 2 years after high school. They are extremely proud to be Israeli and they actually train to each protect their nation.

In America, we wear and fly our flag everywhere but protest something to keep our citizens healthy — and alive. We spend billions on military defense but force states into a bidding war for life-saving medical equipment in the middle of a pandemic.

Some people are saying they cannot wear a mask because it restricts their breathing too much or causes other issues. I have asthma and am susceptible to respiratory illnesses and a mask does not cause me harm. Wear yours a bit looser or try a different kind. The paper masks are VERY breathable.

And athletes have been wearing them while doing actual athletic things, so if they can run and vault in them, I think regular people can walk into a grocery store in a mask.

I even heard some people say that masks were killing people. Seriously? Doctors and nurses wear masks all day every day in their careers and they are alive and kicking. Next.

America is looking less like “E Pluribus unum” and more “me, me, me.”

Our nation’s mottos is “E Pluribus Unum,” meaning “one from many.” It was first proposed for the initial Great Seal of the United States by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson in 1776 to offer a strong statement of “the American determination to form a single nation from a collection of states.”

This current caring more for self than the whole is literally killing people.

Why is it so hard for people to wear a mask and wash their hands more often?

I understand the effect this pandemic is having on the economy, and it SUCKS. I own a small business, I get it.

But to prize the economy over the lives of our brethren is ridiculous.

AND if we were to all just follow CDC and WHO safety guidelines, the spread of the virus would have stayed slowed down and the economy would be able to rebound when it was over.

Countries that are down to 0 active cases:

New Zealand, Montenegro, Eritrea, Timor-Leste, Fiji, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, and Papua New Guinea.

That list does not include any countries that never had any cases of COVID19 to begin with.

As of June 28, 2020, there are almost 10 MILLION confirmed cases around the world and about 500,000 deaths. How do those who claim this pandemic is a hoax justify or explain those deaths to themselves?

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Italy was the first European country to be hit extremely hard by COVID19 and the finally reported on April 21, 2020 that for the first time since February, the number of new cases was going down. They continued to go down. And yes, their economy was also hit hard. But they are slowly starting to recover.

Also, many Italians who had the virus report weeks and months of ongoing symptoms — even after they tested negative and were considered “recovered.”

The United States is now in a second wave of COVID19 cases.

Texas and Florida both aggressively reopened sooner and faster than many other places and have seen a huge spike in cases. They have both started instituting new rules and lessening the reopening.

The number of people I have seen on social media decrying wearing masks or staying home for longer is sad.

I get it. Staying home all the time sucks. I don’t like it, my mental health has taken a hit, and I’m bored. I’m sure it is even more frustrating and difficult for people with kids.

But I am not going to use my personal boredom as an excuse to potentially spread the virus and risk other people’s health.

Because I try not to think of it as “me,” but as “we.” A nation of people.

People who are actively getting sick and dying.

As Americans, we MUST start thinking less of personal repercussions and annoyances and more of our friends, our neighbors, our nation.

This pandemic has shown a side of society I knew existed but truly thought was not this bad. It is so incredibly sad to me to realize how many Americans don’t seem to care about something until it personally affects them.

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