Ahavati, I don't think I was this frustrated and angry about the topic of masks till I saw on the news few days ago that Biden will make face masks compulsory if he becomes president.
it's been challenging to wear a mask as an essential worker just as is to many, many of us working every day and dealing with this situation..but I was in hopes that as things settled and businesses re-opened we would find that middle ground of some common sense and less hysteria.
Especially after noticing the foul smell of my own mask during the day and thinking more in terms of what exactly are we covering our faces with, what is it that we're breathing in thinking its actually a filter to protect us from the virus, I began to look deeper into this topic.
Many have been using fabric cloth masks in order to protect the environement from disposable ones but sadly most are clueless on what textiles companies do to process those fabrics. 99.99% of the cotton grown is treated with very harmful pesticides developed by Monsanto and once they get into the factories for processing they're treated with more chemicals, then dyes, then submerged in another process of chemicals to seal the dye.
That's why very rarely dyes bleed in washing.
Therefore, these materials made to wear on skin were not made to breathe thru.
Then factoring in detergents which are made with whole other set of chemicals to 'clean', softeners with odors..
which most often do not bother us topically but they were not made to inhale.
I worry greatly on the ramifications of this mask mess in coming years.
It makes me think of those drug commercials that say, if you take this it will help with this one issue but then there's the footnote that tells all the side effects, that it will cause cancer, birth defects, heart attack, sexual dysfunction, etc, etc and death lol
In Covid19 we're not hearing any footnotes, all they say is:
[The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone "should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public" to reduce transmission and slow the spread of the coronavirus, which is highly contagious.] https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/26/politics/joe-biden-masks-mandatory-coronavirus/index.html
I think there's so much hysteria out there that no one is thinking clearly anymore. People are lashing out to anyone that remotely questions the mask issue, calling them all kinds of deragotory names, putting them down and perhaps what puzzles me the most is..calling them 'Selfish'.
I am seeing, hearing that everywhere!
(I'm sure we all heard of the woman in trader joes refusing to wear the mask..its been all over social media condemning her.)
I would love to know how they came up with that label, what is it that they think its selfishness if one questions something that there's no clear specification, that a paper towel on the nose and mouth is suffice to make them feel 'safe' to be around each other.
I guess, if we are to wear masks..then the government need to be very specific and we all have to wear the same type.
If I, as essential worker have to get my temp taken every morning upon entering the building, i'd would want that all customers need their temps to be taken too before they enter the doors.
If they're actually monitoring how many go in the stores keeping tab of capacity, they need to actually hire more security guards to make sure in aisles there aren't more than 2 people at a time shopping.
But, we have to remember that the more controlled the environment gets the more we will turn into a communist country.
My heart goes out to healthcare professionals whose mask creates a vacuum when they take their off after a shift. It all seems so much; however, perspective changes when a friend or family member is diagnosed positive. It then becomes a small step.
Our ( NC ) governor just issued an executive order outlining mandatory mask wearing in public where social distancing cannot be avoided:
In that executive order it merely says "cloth face covering", which, in essence could be a mere bandana.
I agree with you that we need more clarification and studies to ensure our own personal safety. While I only have mine on for an hour or so at the most, I do feel for you and others who must wear them all day.