Masks save lives.
From my own experience, February – April in New York City was tough. Everything that makes New York great was shut down – bars, museums, nightlife, restaurants, comedy clubs and Broadway shows. From a mental perspective, the first 3 months in a full lock-down were tasking, especially as I still saw some other parts of the country carrying on with their day-to-day business thinking that what was happening in New York “will never happen here.” And even though it was not easy, I’m glad to say that New-York’s tough attitude and everyone’s buy-in to the plan that our governor outlined with his daily TV appearances, worked. As the weather got nicer in May-June, and people started to venture out outside, the outbreak seems to be under control here now and a few days ago NYC reported it’s first day with 0 Covid deaths since March. Now just because the worst of this may be behind in NYC, it doesn’t mean that we are back to normal – not even close. First of all, cases are starting to spike in other states like Florida and Arizona and I am not sure how long it will take us as a nation to fully recover from this pandemic.
One thing that was drilled into us almost from day 1 was to wear a mask. Wearing a mask, prevents you from spreading and inhaling those little “aerosol” particles that we emit just by breathing and talking that carry the virus. From my experience, 9 out of 10 people on the street in NYC still wear a mask. And by taking a stand and wearing a mask, you are not only saving your own life and the lives of those around you, but you are also normalizing that behavior. We are social creatures and if only 1 out of 10 people wore a mask, that 1 person would feel like they don’t “fit in”. However, if the case is flipped, and 8 other people wear masks, well now it’s a “trend” that we can all get behind!
And seriously, with so many colors, styles, and fabrics on the market now, this is a fashion statement that literally saves lives.