Stop the Mask Wars



I'm calling it. Mask debate officially over.

Like most of you, I'm tired of the fighting we see over masks and public health. Let's be real –– those arguments aren't changing minds. It just further divides us and whichever side you find your opinion on, we are in uncharted, troubling waters. . .

I'm calling it. Mask debate officially over.

Like most of you, I'm tired of the fighting we see over masks and public health. Let's be real –– those arguments aren't changing minds. It just further divides us and whichever side you find your opinion on, we are in uncharted, troubling waters. 

State actions are being challenged in courts on every front and those will play out over the next few years. Read more about them here: https://calmatters.org/health/coronavirus/2020/05/california-shutdown-lawsuits-newsom-dhillon-coronavirus-shelter-in-place-executive-orders/

Meanwhile, there's a real risk assessment when it comes to not following state mandates. We risk losing emergency funds and further actions. And businesses may be held liable for COVID sicknesses without tort reform. https://calmatters.org/commentary/my-turn/2020/06/state-should-protect-essential-businesses-from-frivolous-and-predatory-lawsuits/

And we're finding out more about the long term effects of this disease. That even those surviving may have lasting damage to their lungs, heart, and even brain. https://www.healthline.com/health-news/lifelong-lung-damage-the-serious-covid-19-complication-that-can-hit-people-in-their-20s

But that’s all been discussed. Thoroughly.

I greatly worry about our sharp spike in recent cases. I worry about our businesses which will be heavily impacted by further shutdowns, and the kids who will miss school. But I also worry about our civil rights since day one. Perhaps less for me about face-masks, but the economic shutdown and micro-mandates against church singing and now folks being nabbed in other areas. I worry about our country, too. Freedom versus security is always a balancing act. We can't give up one for the other.

Regardless of regulation, some people are going to do what they are going to do. I wear a mask, sanitize my hands, and try to keep distance because from my own reading and the recommendation of public health, I think it helps. That's me, that's my choice.

But there are businesses, customers, and residents who are willing to accept a higher level of risk and exposure over their civil rights. Even if I don’t agree, I can respect the place it’s coming from. We will dissect all these actions for years to come so as to see if the cure was worse than the illness.

There's an argument it puts others at risk, and I believe that. Yet, it's still going to happen and probably more so as these measures tighten or are reintroduced. A long-term solution to COVID-19 may be years away. The arguments aren't fixing it; it's actually making it more politicized, more difficult to work together, harder to lead. 

So, if you’re still reading, here’s what I ask.

Do your best, whatever that is. You’ve read the risks of COVID-19, the risks of a lawsuit or getting someone sick, or more damaging state actions. Let’s not spend our time on COVID-19 memes and name-calling. Move on. Let’s see what we can do to help each other.

–– If you do not wear a mask for medical reasons, consider a face shield.

–– If you won't wear a mask, whatever the reason, make sure to sanitize your hands and social distance.

–– If you are concerned about hand sanitizers, carry natural soap, and wash your hands often.

–– If not that, and even with that, eat healthy, exercise, and take steps to stay sane in all of this.

–– If you do an event, take public health precautions.

–– If you're high risk, really consider what interactions you need to risk.

–– If you require a business that follows public health protocols, call and ask before shopping. Shop where you feel safe.

Don't do these things out of fear. Do it out of rational preparation for risk. Do it for each other. Do what you are comfortable with.


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