Of late, as the vaccine “have” nations have just begun to protect their populaces, an impatience has been (shall we say?) germinating / incubating. Yep, immature folks have been demanding the relaxation of pandemic mitigating protocols; chomping at the bit to eschew (chew off?) their pandemic masks.
While modest gains have been cause for celebration, pragmatists (I among them) regard such a course of action to be too much, too soon.
More to the point, for reasons I shall never understand at all, throughout the pandemic, mask wearing has been so hyper politicized / ostracized, its as if facial coverings brand wearers as what? Some sort of wusses?
Far be it from me to rain on anybody’s way too early VCV-Day (Victory over Corona-V) parade, but…
Even as I type / you read these words, it is still conceivable that epidemiologists have yet to discover the full range of dirty tricks, which that filthy pathogen still has well hidden up its figurative sleeve. My gawd, the experts did not brand Corona-V “novel” just for the “fun” of it. And, lest we forget, until late 2020 / early 2021, Covid-19 variants had been unheard of.
Little doubt, these same experts (and critical thinking laypersons, too), at present, are all wondering:
- Just how long will present day vaccines continue to protect the public?
- Might anti vaxxer movements / vaccine hesitancy thwart herd immunity?
- What impact will vaccine “have not” nations have on the “have” nations?
- What if there are yet to be born microbial cousins; e.g., Covid-21? 22? 23?
Should any of these concerns prove problematic, that’d mean our current pandemic woes are far from over; that that next “once every 100 years” pandemic could arrive significantly sooner.
Granted, such worries tend to sound rather iffy. Nevertheless, what does anyone have to lose by continuing to, bare minimum, social distance and mask up? Are not those who balk at doing something so simple to comply with the actual wusses here?
In other words, why piss away what little progress we have made, so far?
Look, as of my posting time, 3,385,901 (known) souls have already perished, worldwide (and still counting). Seeing how even one of those deaths has already been one too many, is it really too much to ask for everyone to continue playing it safe? After all, this pandemic can never truly be over until IT IS over.
On a more positive note, there is no denying that our masking up, this past fall/winter. did kick conventional influenza and rhinovirus ass; not to mention prevent aerial allergens and pollutants from entering (even damaging) our lungs / bodies.
Even in pre-pandemic times, many civilized, compassionate peoples throughout our world already respected one another sufficiently to mask up.
I headlined this post, To Don or Doff; that is the question? So, what is the answer?
Well… long sigh… the grown-ups “in the room” would not only automatically consider the former D-word the easiest, wisest, smartest possible, no-brainer solution to our pandemic woes, they’d also be sufficiently patient to allow the eventual arrival of actual, favorable conditions to settle the matter / answer the damned Q for us.
Stay Publicly / Properly Masked!
Stay Safe at Home!