Many people are CHOOSING to wear a face mask and it has NOTHING to do with the coronavirus.
Many people are CHOOSING to wear a face mask, and it has NOTHING to do with the coronavirus.
"Why are you wearing a facemask?". "Do you not realise how stupid you look?", "take off your f*****g facemask". And, if looks could kill, I'd be dead!
Those were the questions and comments (abuse) I received from protesters at an anti-mask / anti-lockdown protest, where thousands of protesters had rallied to oppose the government's guideline of 'locking down' and the 'mandatory wearing of facemasks'. Describing it as a 'PLAN/SCAMdemic' — created to "enforce Marshall Law" and "control society."
My reply... "the Coronavirus is not the reason why I'm wearing a mask." And, "If you were in my shoes, I would not be harassing you for choosing to wear your mask for whatever reasons you choose to wear it for!".
Also, the protesters kept shouting at everyone through megaphones saying, "take off your mask" and "don't you know how harmful face masks are" (while puffing on cigarettes), but I didn't tell them to stop smoking or how stupid they are for doing so! My mask protects me from the smoke flares they set off at every protest. (as shown in the image below)
The protesters were telling any mask wearer to remove their mask while shouting to every police officer without a face masks to "put on your mask", not knowing or asking if they were exempt.
Plus, what is the point of these protesters chanting "freedom, freedom, freedom" if I'm not allowed the freedom to wear my face mask!
And, while I'm on my soapbox, if any anti-masker happens to catch Covid-19, it's unlikely you got it from someone wearing a face mask!
In 2020, when the world came under attack from Covid, we all went under lockdown, and life dramatically changed. Some have come to terms with it by accepting and following the government's guidelines, rules, and restrictions to help combat the virus and reduce lives by following their advice - including wearing face masks.
The 'anti-maskers' and 'Coronavirus sceptics' are happy to wear a mask depicting the image of 'Guy Fawkes' as seen in the 2005 film 'V for Vendetta' — a symbol of anti-government resistance which has become widespread among groups protesting against the government and financial institutions.
The anti-vaxxers believe that the plan is to implant trackable microchips when injected with the Coronavirus vaccine, and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is behind it.
Unfortunately, they are taking it out on the people who have chosen to wear their face mask. People choosing to follow scientists' and governments' guidelines to keep people safe
Face mask wearers don't know about or have the chance to believe or disbelieve the conspiracies because they are not on social media or the Internet. They trust the government and the "mainstream" media — and are petrified of catching Covid, even though they have been 'double vaccinated'. The others, who are privy to all the conspiracies, do not believe them — what's so wrong with that!
Why we choose to wear a face mask
The following comments are reasons people want to wear a face mask, collated from talk radio, online message boards/forums and social media. And personal conversations with face mask wearers (and eavesdropping).
- "I only wear one because it's compulsory in shops and public transport".
- "It only helps to hide some wrinkles I hate. A silver lining in every cloud."
- "I wear my mask when I cannot be bothered to put on my lipstick or be assed to remove my upper lip and chin hair".
- "I always wear my mask... until I'm out of sight of my parents, who expect me to wear them".
- "I used my wife's mask to hide the bits of tissues stuck on my face from shaving cuts if I have a visitor or need to pop out."
- "I bought a pack of masks, just to keep my face warm in winter and to stop my nose from going red"
- "Let's just say I no longer have big lips!."
- "I always catch a cold every year, but not since I have been wearing a mask".
The Centre's for Disease Control and Prevention said, we can "save 100,000 lives in the next 100 days" (in the U.S. alone) if everyone wears a mask in public.
- "Okay, so the Coronavirus may be a hoax, but I am not going to trust my life on a maybe."
- "Trust me, I look more attractive with my mask on."
- "It makes me feel mysterious."
- "Air pollution kills thousands every year, so why would I not want to wear a face mask in public".
- "I have noticed people don't stare at me as much". (said by my attractive friend).
- "I work in a shop selling second-hand items, which can be quite dusty, and I have always wanted to wear a face mask, and now I can without anyone laughing or staring at me."
The human body sheds millions of dust particles every hour — from dead human skin cells to fabric dust particles — to the natural deterioration of clothing. Ripped clothing are the biggest culprit, because the rips and tears are continually deteriorating!.
Not forgetting the millions of droplets released from people's noses and mouths every time they speak, cough, sneeze, scratch themselves or rubs their nose. I would not be happy to inhale all those particles!
- "I am fully vaccinated, but I chose to wear a mask in a crowded location because people are gross. They sneeze, cough, and spit when they speak. Honestly, it is disgusting. So I will wear a mask."
- "Many famous people are wearing face masks to remain anonymous in public - to make it harder for the public and paparazzi to spot them."
- "I hate wearing a mask, but I wear it out of respect for people around me."
- "It's car fumes that make me wear mine when cycling in the city, and not because of Covid."
- "Some mugs (faces) are so ugly that the wearing of face masks should be mandatory" (said by an ugly mug)."
- "Why do I wear my mask? My dog loves seeing us both muzzled, it's as simple as that".
- "The main reason I chose to wear a mask is that I knew other people were genuinely afraid of catching Covid, so wearing a mask was my way of showing them compassion."
- "I have buck teeth and a receding chin, both of which vanish when wearing a mask."
- "I am exempt from wearing a face mask, but I started to wear it again with my nose sticking out to breathe, to stop the evil eyes and comments I was getting from people in public."
- "When I wear my mask, I often feel like the bad guy in a film or on a robbing spree. It feels exciting."
- "This is one way of dealing with the police's facial recognition CCTV."
- "At least nobody can tell I'm mumbling to myself while at work".
- "I have to wear a face mask in all public toilets".
Studies have suggested that flushing a toilet (without the lid down) can spray viral particles around a room. A person could then be exposed to SARS-CoV-2 by breathing in floating faecal matter or ingesting the virus after touching contaminated surfaces. Flushing also generates large amounts of airborne germs, and inhaling these particles can cause other medical problems.
- "Shoplifting is much smarter with my face covered."
- "I get along with strangers more with a mask than without one. I hope I can continue to wear one, purely for social reasons, and yes, I am aware of the potential dangers from wearing a mask, a risk I'm willing to take."
- "For the past 18 months of mask-wearing, I have not suffered with any allergies, not even hay fever, and I don’t give a rat’s patootie about what anything thinks about me wearing a mask."
- "I don’t like interacting with people, and the mask makes it much easier to avoid that."
- "I don't feel in danger, but I feel socially obligated to wear a mask. I feel that's the right thing to do."
- "Mines to protect me from my wife's farts, which have got worse since she had a curry the other night."
- "I wear a mask because my teeth are probably my biggest insecurity".
- "You've probably heard of body dysmorphia that clothes can conceal. Welcome to face dysmorphia."
- "Let's just say I used to be camera shy," they said with a wink".
- "A disposable face mask was a lot cheaper than paying for expensive dental implants. However, I still can't chew my nuts!."
- "I did not consider wearing a mask a personal choice; it was a matter of public health and safety."
- "Perhaps if my wife wore a face mask, she might still be alive."
- "For personal reasons, I'd wear my mask forever if I could."
Please stop picking on us for wearing a facemask
To combat this virus, no matter how deadly or not it is, the easiest thing to do is wear a face mask or face visor.
And, when it's time to stop wearing face coverings in public, people should be allowed the freedom to wear them without being judged, ridiculed or humiliated. Because we now know why many people choose to wear them.
A big 'THANK YOU' to everyone open and brave enough to share their reasons.
© 2020 Tony Sky
Comments - Discussion
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 03, 2020:
Nicely done. I wear a mask because my wife won't let me back in our home unless I do ;-) It seems to me that many people, for whatever reason, just don't use their judgment on such matters so a straight up rule is helpful.