It has been a few months since states have started easing their restrictions in the COVID-19 pandemic. Some states had cases go up and some states have gone down.
Things are starting to open up again, but just because things are opening up doesn't mean we are out of the woods yet. It is up to us to keep those cases down, so then we can start living our lives "like normal."
One of those things we have to do to keep others safe is to wear a mask, however, there are still people who refuse. While yes, there are people who can't wear one because of medical reasons, there are those who refuse to wear them because of politics.
I had a couple of friends complaining about having to wear a mask, saying that it is taking away their rights. The mask is not meant to protect you, but its to protect your loved ones so then you don't spread the virus to them.
Do I hate wearing a mask? Yes. Will I wear one because I want to go out and live life but also keep my loved ones safe? Yes.
Being on the spectrum myself I struggle with it, however, I learn to adapt because I know it is important (besides some of the mask patterns are cute!)
If it means that my fiance's grandparents will be able to see us get married next year then yes, I will wear the mask.
If it means that I can go out with my fiance then yes, I will wear the mask.
If it means that my brother with Cystic Fibrosis doesn't end up on a ventilator then yes, I will wear the mask.
If it means I can go somewhere that is not my house then yes, I will wear a mask.
If it means I can go to Tennessee with my fiance to see my aunt in the fall then yes, I will wear the mask.
You are in the store for at the most a half-hour, think about the employee who has to wear one all day for their entire shift.
If you don't want to wear a mask, at least cover yourself up in some way like a bandana or a scarf. Until a vaccine comes and until we can some kind of treatment or immunity, then it's something we just have to do.
Yes, I know not everyone can wear one, but if it is possible these are some good resources to look into. Face shields can also be good for protecting yourself and others.
Here are some helpful links for those who might have conditions that may prevent them from wearing a mask.
For those with asthma and/or lung disease, read this article.
For those with autism, read this article.
For those with anxiety, read this article.
Stay healthy, protect others, wash your hands and let's beat pandemic once and for all.