To the Editor,
It’s easy to think, when you “know” you are healthy and well, that wearing a mask could be an unnecessary bother, or that you’ll stand out. You’ve possibly seen adults wearing a medical mask in the past, and wondered what’s wrong and maybe even if “it” is catching? But if you’ve had any significant medical challenges hit home, for anyone old or young – you’ll know differently. Masks simply come with the territory. They are universally advocated for patients and providers alike in situations of immune compromise. It’s all about promoting safety, and tamping down communicable illness.
With COVID-19 in our midst, we can help by adopting the practice. Wear a mask.
But here’s the most important part of my message – by wearing a mask I hope you’ll discover, as I have, how truly beautiful everyone’s eyes are. There isn’t an ugly eye in this world. And please, keep smiling, even behind the mask. It shows in your eyes and your demeanor.
Consider this if you are a shy Minnesotan; with a mask on you’ll find it much easier to talk or sing to yourself as you go about your shopping. And don’t let the mask stop you from talking or communicating. If anything it becomes imperative to meet others’ gaze. Look into their eyes, find solidarity there. Don’t look away. And help kids take part too. Make it easy and fun for kids as it’s not about hiding or being scared. And when it gets hot, take it as a reason to go outside for a breather, without the mask. We can do this, we need to, and without delay.