Solidarity and Masks

See if you can detect a common theme from these Seattle residents who refuse to wear masks (boldface mine):

I don’t see how it will help me at all,” said Micah Strunk, of Bremerton, who is skeptical of the cloth masks he sees people wearing…

“They’ll protect you from spit, but the people I’m around aren’t in my face spitting,” Strunk said…

“Sometimes I’m like, ‘Maybe I should wear a mask,’ but I’m not overly concerned about myself,” Wong said. “I don’t really come out often, except to grocery shop, and when I do, I barely come within 6 feet of people.”

At the Bremerton WinCo, a 65-year-old Jefferson County man who gave his name only as Dwain said he survived “the Unabomber, anthrax, H1N1 and 31 winters” while working for the United States Postal Service and he’s not about to wear a mask now.

If it’s my time, it’s my time,” he said.

A common theme is that they don’t think it will help them, even though the whole point of mask wearing is to protect people from you. Part of the problem is a lack of solidarity, to use an old-fashioned word. People are just thinking about what will happen to themselves, and not others. Some, no doubt, are assholes, but the communication around this issue hasn’t been good either, in part, because political figures, including Il Trumpe* don’t want to be seen wearing masks.

This is why–and I’m someone who wears a mask the moment he steps out of his apartment (not building, apartment)–I think masks will help, but not as much as some people claim: too many people just aren’t willing to wear them**. This also is another reason why we need test and trace–if we can identify presymptomatic people directly, they will be more likely to prevent the spread of disease if they know they have it (again, some assholes won’t even do the right thing, but most will).

*I imagine a mask would muss up his orange face paint.

**And when they do wear them, it’s often ‘wearing’ them–not covering their nose, or using the mask as a push-up bra for their chin, neither of which help.

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2 Responses to Solidarity and Masks

  1. It’s called SELFISHNESS.

  2. Ken Barker says:

    More like “Hooray for me and fuck you.”

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