Wearing a Mask When Not Mandatory to Set a Good Example to Your Own Community?

Just wondering what you guys think of wearing a mask not because you think you need one in a state where there are no community cases, but just to help normalise mask wearing. Lots of kids in the community could live in households where the adults are skeptics about the science of stopping a pandemic and where a mask is seen as silly or pointless, or an affront to their liberty to show off their pretty lips maybe. So if those kids and adults see other adults wearing a mask like it's nothing at all then it could help noramlise it in their minds. Even though the state still recommends masks and the supermarkets have signs out front recommending masks, most people don't wear them. In some other countries masks are normal, if you're sick, or if there is flu about, or you're just worried about getting sick then you put on a mask and it's totally normal, no one thinks it's any stranger than putting socks and shoes on your feet before leaving the house.

Covid probably would kill my very heavyset parents so I would wear one while out anyway.


  • +12

    Yeah look this has been my thinking a lot of of the time during the pandemic but I try to suppress my feelings of moral superiority as I know I can't assume the reasons why others aren't wearing a mask.

    • +26

      You can't assume why other don't wash their hands after taking a dump in a public toilet either. But if more people did wash their hands then fewer people would get sick. If everyone washed their hands then that night a few weeks ago you spend hunched over your toilet hurling with a pounding headache might never have happened. If there was something you could do, some kind of Jedi mind trick such as washing your own hands yourself every time you use a public toilet, then isn't it worth doing?

      • +9

        If you catch a stomach bug from residual fecal matter on public furniture, that also indicates a failure of your personal hygiene — probably washing your hands before touching your face or eating.

        It all comes down to personal responsibility. Just like locking your doors at night, not walking alone at night in a ghetto, not swimming in crocodile infested waters, etc.

        • +8

          The average person touches their face several thousand times a day (mostly unconsciously), unless you are basically washing your hands every few minutes it is nigh on impossible to guarantee avoidance of other peoples germs when in public. you can minimise by avoiding touching door handles, railings, chairs, tables etc etc to some extent but basically the world isn't built in a fashion that would allow someone that isn't a compulsive obsessive to be able to avoid shit regardless of how immaculate their personal hygiene is.

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