Mask Controversy Frustrating as a Chronically-Ill Patient
Wearing a mask in public is likely something many members of this forum are used to doing, and have been for years. Previously, we’ve discussed the awkwardness of wearing a mask in public but with the global pandemic, the necessity now trumps any awkwardness associated with mask-wearing.
Lately my entire newsfeed on various social media pages is filled with the controversy and arguments over wearing a mask. It’s really irritating, especially to hear people say that wearing one infringes on their personal rights and freedoms, or that wearing a mask makes your 02 saturations plummet. My personal “favourite” is when I hear others link politics with the importance of wearing a mask, and how it is in an effort to control us all.
Everyone as a right to their personal beliefs, and I respect that. What irritates me (can you tell?) is when these opinions are pushed upon others who don’t feel the same way, or upon those who believe in the benefit(s) of wearing a mask as outlined by the World Health Organization, the CDC and many other credible leading health organizations. Believe me, I’ve been sick with COVID-19 and you don’t want to catch this virus!
I recently wrote a column on the mask controversy and within it, I listed numerous credible articles/URLs on the importance of wearing a mask. My hope is that these links can be shared with people creating the controversy around wearing a mask amid a global pandemic.
As a patient living with IPF/PF: how are you handling the mask controversy and others’ opinions about not wearing one?
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