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Why We Wear Masks in Public

An illustration of various people wearing masks with humble expressionsAre you supporting someone who is struggling to understand the importance of wearing masks in public? Well, today we wanted to share a resource that could be a helpful means in promoting that message. When I wear a mask in public:

  • I want you to know that I am educated enough to know that I could be asymptomatic and still give you the virus.
  • No, I don’t “live in fear” of the virus; I just want to be part of the solution, not the problem.
  • I don’t feel like the “government is controlling me;” I feel like I’m being a contributing member of society and I want to teach others the same.
  • The world doesn’t revolve around me. It’s not all about me and my comfort.
  • If we all could live with other people's considerations in mind, this whole world would be a much better place.
  • Wearing a mask doesn’t make me weak, scared, stupid, or even “controlled.” It makes me considerate.
  • When you think about how you look, how uncomfortable it is, or what others think of you, just imagine someone close to you - a child, a father, a mother, grandparent, aunt, or uncle - choking on a respirator, alone without you or any family member allowed at the bedside. Ask yourself if you could have put your ego aside for them.

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