Letter: Wearing a mask is basic human decency?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings. Cloth face covering MAY (emphasis mine) help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.
This is hardly a ringing endorsement of settled science. Universal mask wearing may help, and it may not. The majority of people that wear masks do so incorrectly. They wear them below the nose or on the chin. They don’t clean or dispose of their masks properly. People are constantly touching their masks or pulling them down periodically.
The scientific studies probably did not include any of these behaviors. Masks may work or they may not; however, we have a mandate, so let’s all mask up. It gets us into bars, restaurants and other retail establishments that desperately need us.
Masks are mostly a symbol. It is a symbol that we are a caring, decent person. It shows we are part of some mythical social contract that mask-wearing people are good and decent, and those that do not are something much less. This is nothing but virtue shaming arrogance and self -righteousness. This type of opinion does nothing to help.
Since I have not read the fine print in this social contract, I have questions. When can we stop wearing our face diapers? Will it be when everyone in Colorado or Routt County has received a vaccination? Until we get to herd immunity? Will the vaccine be mandatory? Can I opt out of this mythical contract?
I wear my mask, usually incorrectly and never outside in public. I guess I am skeptical or maybe just a “mask” hole.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Steamboat and Routt County make the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
Last fall, 111 Colorado elected officials, including the Steamboat Springs City Council, signed on to a letter of support for the Colorado Outdoor Recreation & Economy Act — CORE. The act was originally introduced by…