Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Wearing A Mask

I've never thought much about wearing a mask. When I go to the post office, when I run an errand, I throw on my mask and go. I wore one for many years when, as a doctor, I did surgery. After my residency training (which included a lot of head and neck cases), probably the longest I wore one without a break was a couple of hours. And I never gave it a second thought. Oh, there was the sensation of needing to scratch my nose right after I first put one one, but that didn't last long.

Now, depending on which state you reside in, it's mandatory to wear one whenever you're outside. If you're able to go out to eat, wear one until you're seated, then put it back on when you leave the table and go. No problem. It is just the thing to do. Everyone is doing it. (And I don't want to start an argument in this space, with everyone saying that masks do or don't prevent Corona Virus transmission and giving their reasons--that's not what this post is about).

I saw a doctor (routine problem--no worries) on Friday of last week, and had my temperature checked before going in, wore a mask the whole time I was there, saw a doctor who likewise wore a mask, and observed all the requirements that minimized viral transmission. And I thought to myself, "How quickly we adapt. But, then again, the end result seems...at least, to me...to be worth the effort."

To me, it's not a political thing. I don't think "the man" (whoever you think that is) is trying to control our actions. The infection is real, and I plan to do everything in my power to avoid it. How about you?

12 comments:

Between the Pages with Katrina said...

I agree with you completely.

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks. Katrina.

HGlick said...

Richard, I appreciate your insight as an MD. What are your thoughts on masking young elementary school kids? I've heard the argument they will touch their face more to adjust the masks. Thanks.

HGlick said...

Richard, I appreciate your insight as an MD. What are your thoughts on masking young elementary school kids? I've heard the argument they will touch their face more to adjust the masks. Thanks.

Richard Mabry said...

As best I can tell, children aren't carriers of the Corona virus, and a panel of pediatricians all said--unanimously--that they'd send their children back to school. As for kids wearing masks, I'd be guided by the local authorities, although I'd hope to interrupt their schedule as little as possible.

HGlick said...

Thanks. I intend to send my kids back in the fall. Our school strongly recommends masks but doesn't mandate them.

Patricia Bradley said...

Originally I wore the mask out of respect for other people. Now I wear it because I believe it might help keep me from getting the virus. It's no big deal and I don't understand why it is for some people. Good post!

Richard Mabry said...

Patricia, you've summarized it beautifully. Wear it for others and for yourself.

Priscilla Bettis said...

I just now got back from a routine well visit. I wore a mask, someone took my temperature, there were hand washings, all the staff wore masks. But as soon as I got back outside, I ripped that mask off. I can't stand my own garlic-onion breath from lunch.:-) (No, really! Blech!)

I wear a mask because we're supposed to here. It doesn't matter whether or not I believe they help. The regulation isn't an important encough mountain for me to die on. I also don't want to spread the virus to others if I am an asymptomatic carrier or worry others that I may be spreading the virus.

Richard Mabry said...

Priscilla, you wore it when you were supposed to, and that's what counts. You might want to cut out the onions and garlic at lunch when you've got an appointment afterward, though. : )

Kris M said...

At first I thought it was a pain - but I am getting used to wearing it. Now when I go somewhere it's check to make sure I have my purse, my phone, my keys and my mask.

Richard Mabry said...

It takes some getting used to, but we've adjusted.