Please don’t misunderstand or leave nasty comments (which will be deleted). The opinions expressed here are part of a personal rant for lack of a better term.
Note this excludes wearing a mask when inside a store; mandatory in some places.
I'm just wondering if fellow bloggers are masking up and/or wearing plastic gloves when being outdoors and not in close proximity to others.
Also, medical professionals working in the field, care givers or others in similar positions are excluded from any of these opinions.
Constantly seeing masked faces everywhere is a bit unsettling (at least for me). Oddly, it brought back memories of a long-ago TV western series, The Lone Ranger, which starred Clayton Moore as Ranger John Reid. This show, which ran from 1949-1952 and 1953-1957 during my (ahem) younger days, was one of the most popular TV westerns back then. Reid always wore a mask, although his was much was different than current ones and covered mainly his eyes. Anyone else remember this show without revealing that we are both of "a certain age"?
Yes, we dutifully don face masks when entering grocery store trips, these trips are done much less often than before. And, I mask up in the local post office when I walk there to send cards and notes which friends have said they enjoy getting. Interestingly enough a Canadian friend emailed a late thank you for her birthday card. She told me that she had just opened the card after it was in a period of quarantine. I should add that April has recently undergone cancer surgery and is now undergoing radiation treatments. Her actions were understandable and necessary precautions due to a possibly comprised immune system.
I get it. People with underlying health issues, seniors and so many others need to be diligent even to the point of being over-cautious, better safe than sorry in those cases.
However, I've seen many folks masked and gloved when walking outdoors for fresh air. After being cooped inside, it would seem that being unmasked/ungloved would be welcomed. Unfortunately, I've also seen what happens when folks remove them.
|Photos taken on a recent downtown walk|
Surprisingly, many medical experts and healthcare providers agree that against the risk of coming into contact with germs. And, gloves won't lower the risk of contracting COVID-19 as it doesn't transmit through skin contact on hands, but when bacteria enters the system through mucous membranes or via respiratory droplets in close proximity.
For example, If you wear gloves while shopping, then itch your nose or rub your eyes, it defeats the purpose. Anything gloves touch can get infected especially your face. Experts say that washing hands and using hand sanitizer after touching things, is more effective and accomplished the same thing.
Before anyone jumps up, I'm not saying that folks with medical issues who want to be outdoors shouldn't take precautions. They should for their own safety and peace of mind.
That said, we ventured out to a park area near our apt last Saturday on a gloriously warm and sunny day. We saw and spoke to several people, all mask-less like ourselves while all social distancing. It was really great not only to have human interaction, but to see a face.
We saw folks, much younger than ourselves who passed by wearing masks. No photos were taken as that would've been inappropriate even though it was outdoors in a public space. It wouldn't be right to single anyone out for taking what they feel are necessary precautions just to get a photo opp and I wouldn't do that.
Again, just wondering if you've seen people wearing a mask while driving, even when they are the sole vehicle occupant. Is this really necessary?
Some experts claim it can create other dangers, like reducing the field of vision or oxygen levels. Last weekend, a NJ driver involved in a single-car crash is thought to have passed out behind the wheel due to insufficient oxygen intake/excessive carbon dioxide due to wearing an N-95 mask too long. The car was heavily damaged after hitting a utility pole; the driver was unhurt.
Like many others, I follow multiple news reports, but only once a day. Here's a few things I recently found out from various sources including The New York Times and The New England Journal of Medicine:
- It's not advised to wash produce and fruit with soap. Ingesting soap can trigger nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or forms of gastrointestinal distress that could mimic symptoms of COVID-19. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stated that all you need to do is gently rub the produce while rinsing with running water.
- It’s not necessary to change clothes/take a shower when coming in from shopping.
- It's OK to wash clothes with regular detergents and then place in a dryer.
- It's OK to read a paper or open a package or mail. Be sure to wash your hands after. (Some sources advise to let mail and packages sit for 24 hours before handling.)
- It's not necessary to wipe your shoes after coming inside.
- It's safe to go outside mask-less if not in a very crowded place. (There's so few of those around now anyway.)
- Wearing gloves to the supermarket isn't needed, if you don't touch your face and wash your hands immediately after you return home.
Go ahead, no judgements here. We're all social distancing friends.
Grenville and I are doing well, maintaining our social distancing even in a large apt complex, wearing masks as appropriate and, most importantly, washing our hands often.
We're watching a lot of classic B&W movies, especially the film noir genre. You may be able to find some of these streaming online. Here's some Alfred Hitchcock good ones to see: Strangers on a Train, Shadow of a Doubt, Notorious, Suspicion, The 39 Steps and The Maltese Falcon.
More good films: Orson Welles's The Stranger and the classic Citizen Kane. Humphrey Bogart is excellent in The Big Sleep, To Have and Have Not, and Deadline U.S.A. A couple of our all time favorite actors, Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, are in several of the above-mentioned films. These films and others like them are binge-worthy.
We've watched many documentaries films and more through the free streaming service, Kanopy, available from our local library (mentioned in a previous post). It has a wealth of these and The Great Courses too. We've managed to avoid binge-worthy Netflix dramas.
Reaching out to a minimum of 3 others daily is helpful to you and others according to a recent article. I've been upping that total by calls, emails, texts and sending notes and cards. (Thankful that USPS employees remain working, especially now.)
|Floor signage at the post office and 2 supermarkets|
Like many others, we miss basic human interactions: to visit, give a hug, shake a hand, see a smile, kiss a loved one, spend time together, say goodbye (sadly). We realize that many precautions are necessary. One day we can all do these again and more.
Most importantly, be well and stay as safe as possible.