Updated: Jul 20, 2020
For the last few months, there has been an ongoing political debate on whether or not people should wear masks during the coronavirus pandemic. While doctors and health experts warn us that wearing masks is a must in order to stop the spread of the virus, many refuse, claiming that requiring everyone to wear masks is a violation of their freedoms. The debate has become increasingly divided between the left and right and even more politically charged over time.
Wearing a mask isn't about your political stance. It's about protecting the people around you.
Wearing a mask should not define your political views. Rather, it is a matter of protecting the health and safety of your community. A statement released by the CDC detailing how coronavirus spreads explains that the virus mostly spreads between people who are in close contact with each other and “through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks,” as well as that “COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.”
In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends maintaining social distancing (at least 6-feet apart), washing your hands frequently (with soap and water; when soap is unavailable, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol), routinely disinfecting surfaces, and covering your nose and mouth with a mask.
Wearing a mask and practicing social distancing is not a political statement. It is a statement of your commitment to promoting the health and safety of your community.