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Masks

Jyllian Skoda– GRZEXP

With public places around the world being open once again, many of the rules have changed. We need to try to be at least six feet apart, some places are staying closed, and some establishments are only open online. However, the most apparent one being masks.

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     During the COVID-19 pandemic, face masks have been employed as a public and personal health control measure against the spread of this virus. Their use is intended as personal protection to prevent infection, as well as a source to control and limit transmission of COVID-19 in the community and healthcare setting. “The use of face masks has been used by the general public since April 3rd” says www.cdc.com. This advice was recommended by health officials to minimize the risk of transmissions, with authorities either requiring their use in certain settings, such as on public transport and in shops, or universally in public. With the upcoming of masks, there have been many debates. Including, should kids wear masks? “WHO and UNICEF advise that children aged 12 and over should wear a mask under the same conditions as adults, in particular when they cannot guarantee at least a 1-meter distance from others and there is widespread transmission in the area,” states www.who.int. Another rule is, don’t put cloth face masks on children under two years old, or people who are unable to remove the mask on their own. Another discussion was, what type of masks should we wear. There are many types of masks. Although there are definitely ones that will protect you better. There are a couple types that are CDC approved and will best protect you, like cloth masks. Many people believe that surgical, or N95 masks will also protect you. While this may be true, the CDC says these, “should be reserved for healthcare workers and caregivers due to concerns about shortages.” Schools have also resorted to masks to keep students and staff safe. All students and workers must keep their mask above their mouth and nose at all times. The only exceptions are eating, drinking, or while the students are using the restroom. 

    While masks may be a bit of a hassle, and aren’t very comfy, they are there to keep everyone safe. As well as to try to stop the spread of COVID-19. Over the months while we have been dealing with this pandemic health advisors have been doing their best to keep us safe, and that means having to enforce rules. It may be annoying, or uncomfortable, but it’s what’s best to keep all of us safe. 

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