My mask might protect you; your mask might protect me.
Here is the thing- I DO NOT WANT TO GET SICK. There, I said it. I have lots of reasons for not wanting to be sick, so I do everything I can to stay well. If you know me, you know that I have had hand sanitizer on my key ring since the 1990s. I am that person who cleaned off my grocery cart before this pandemic and now thank the wonderful people who do this task for me. I cleaned my airplane seatbelt, arm rest, vent, and table before it was fashionable. Is a picture starting to emerge?
In these times, I was quick to put on a mask. It made me feel like I could control something around this unpredictable virus. I know that health leaders were uncertain at the start of this pandemic about face coverings, but now we are clear in our recommendations of wearing a mask in public settings around people who don’t live in your household. Masks help stop the spread of COVID-19.
I had a friend share an article entitled “Wearing a Mask is Biblical” by Rob Schenck. The author shares the “greatest commandment” from Jesus in the Bible about loving the Lord God and loving our neighbor as ourselves. What does this have to do with mask wearing? The author and I both agree that mask wearing in today’s society is a sign of love and caring about others. Face coverings protect the people we encounter more than they protect us. Wearing a mask is about protecting those with chronic health conditions, the elderly, healthcare workers, and those who don’t even know that the virus will zap them with more than a mild illness. The author also quotes Paul in Philippians 2:3-4 ESV “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others”.
You will find me wearing my mask to protect you because I love you.
Denise Viker, BSN, RN
HMA Vice President