How do you feel about wearing your facemask in public? Some people do think that being forced to wear a facemask in public infringes on their rights as human beings. And it seems like it hasn’t occurred to them that they might be carrying germs that could kill the person standing right next to them. So, what about the rights of that person who stand or sits next to them in the public setting? Don’t they have a right to be protected from the germs being carried and spread by the person who refuses to wear a facemask?
I am married to a person who complains endlessly about his rights not to wear a facemask. Because I refuse to listen to him, he gets mad. I feel he infringes on my rights as well because it is my right to wear a facemask. It has gotten to the point where he uses belittling titles and statements like “if they tell you to eat shit, then you will?” Now, I call that mental abuse.
Anyway, I wear a facemask whenever I go out and in a setting where I meet people. The only place where I don’t wear a facemask is when I am at home. Nowadays, since the onset of Covid-19, I seldom venture out except for work and when I have no choice but go out. People have become homely and better homemakers due to the pandemic — that is certain. Anyone would be able to see this on social media — people were trying new recipes, painting their house, re-doing their garden and so on and so forth. For me, I caught up on my much needed sleep. I have been sleep deprived for years due to my school-going children. Yesterday, my youngest completed his secondary school education. For the next few months, I can sleep until 7am. How bliss is that?
I seem to be going off-track with the topic which are about ‘Facemasks and SOPs’.
I still read about people refusing to wear their facemasks, citing their rights as individual. Yet the Covid-19 situation requires everyone to be discipline, to not be too self-occupied and to care about the person next to them and not just meeting their own selfish needs.
What I have learned from Covid-19 is this — everyone must start caring for their neighbour, the person sitting or standing next to them — basically, everyone must care for everyone because it only takes one sick person to contaminate an entire community.
So, I don’t have any qualms at all about donning my facemask and following the SOPs set. It is for my wellbeing and the wellbeing of my loved ones — my children, my siblings, my relatives, my friends, my neighbours, my community, and it gets bigger. Someone thinking only of his or her rights doesn’t protect anyone — not even themselves.
Writing about this topic reminds me that we live as a community. No one lives on an island alone. Rich or poor, everyone is susceptible to contracting the disease. And it doesn’t even matter whether you believe Covid-19 exist or another hoax — believing or not believing will not spare you and I.
But wearing a facemask in public and adhering to the SOP set may help us stay safe. And when we are safe, our family at home stays safe too because we haven’t brought any germs with us. And when our family is safe, our neighbours are safe, and then our community, our peers, our colleagues, our fellow citizens.
So don a facemask when you’re out today. And help everyone to stay safe and healthy.