Sometimes it is not about what your body needs now. Sometimes it is about what humanity needs now. While we get conflicting messages about how to save ourselves and others, what has emerged in the last few days is that wearing a mask when you leave your living space saves lives. The countries that require their “stay at home” citizens to also wear masks when they need to leave their living spaces have the lowest new infection rates.
If everyone starts wearing masks immediately, in a few weeks, the death rates should go down. This mandate is not only about epicenters like New York, Italy, or Spain. It is also about places where irresponsible government leaders reject “stay home” orders and do not provide masks like they have begun to do in Italy. Wearing a mask and staying home are two things you can do to protect yourself and your fellow humans. According to New York City Guidelines, everyone should wear a face covering, cloth is fine, whenever going outside where other people may be present….while shopping for instance or commuting. And homemade masks, a scarf or a bandana will do fine, just wash it once daily and use it again.
Take some time to sense into what wearing a mask triggers for you and hold space for those feelings. Then wear the mask! Here’s a video from the Czech Republic about wearing a mask. Stay well, and help keep your community well too! Share a picture of yourself showing that you are a “masker” at #Masks4all Encourage others to do the same.