by Anton La Fond
To wear or not to wear a mask, that is the question. With the release of the restrictions on the wearing of masks, there is a school of thought that elderly and disabled folks should continue to wear their masks. Is it safe for the said folks to remove their masks completely, or should this be on the advice of medical personnel? As a non-medical person, all I can base my view on is being as close to logic as possible.
With the removal of masks for persons who are elderly and disabled, it would only be reasonable to concur that the COVID-19 virus has reached a stage that it is feasible to let your mask down. These folks are in a vulnerable position and should seek medical advice before attempting to move about without a mask. So far, the advice given as far as the removal of masks is an optional one. However, in the case of elderly and disabled folks, the word optional must be considered as very important. The Oxford dictionary says “open to choice, not obligatory.” If one is to take a personal opinion of the said word, it could be safe to say that you are entitled to your own judgement. Now, these folks, in the majority of cases, need assistance in making decisions of that nature.
The ones in authority said quite clearly that the COVID-19 virus is far from over and caution should be taken to avoid any undue mishaps. With that sort of information, elderly and disabled folks must be able to pay particular attention to what is being said to them. It was suggested that the amber light was given as far as this COVID-19 virus is concerned, but to me that means one should apply caution. However, a green light would be an indication that all’s well and masks are no longer necessary. There are so many situations where elderly and disabled folks have to be very careful and ensure that they wear their mask. Let us for a moment check some of the areas where our elderly and disabled folks should be wearing masks: Due to the vulnerability of these folks, large crowds should be avoided, especially in enclosed areas. If they are to be in open air areas, mask wearing must be associated with social distancing. Another area that must be considered is the mixing of families or friends, at home or other spaces. As the mask wearing is now relaxed, folks have become complacent and let their guards down. That is all the virus wants to trample on those who feel everything is everything.
Somewhere, somehow, there is a strange belief that children with disabilities do not have to wear a mask. If it was said that these children should not be wearing masks, it surely missed me. The current atmosphere indicates that the virus has no respect for anyone. Therefore, it would be sensible for those in charge to over-emphasise the importance of children with disabilities continuing to wear their masks. The conclusion in certain quarters clearly points in a direction that indicates that children with disabilities may escape this virus—sorry, that is not so. If these children are exposed to this virus, they will most likely contact it. It would be smart to apply stern, or even rigid, attention to children with disabilities.
I am fully aware that some children, or even adults, who are disabled have respiratory problems, and to my humble knowledge, keeping on a mask for long periods could cause difficulty in breathing.
If that is the case, it is recommended that a periodical recess is taken so that an ease can take place.
The role of mask wearing for persons with disabilities must not be taken for granted. Without a mask, the chances are very possible that anyone can contact the virus. The elderly and disabled are more susceptible to this virus and as a result, masks must be worn in order to prevent, as much as possible, getting the COVID-19 virus.
Society must always place the elderly and disabled in a position of significance and by doing so, these folks must not be considered as remembering the disregarded. One might ask why, or what is the connection between masks and being disregarded. Well, the elderly and disabled are most likely to be the ones who will feel the absence of mask wearing the most. These folks should have been the first to be informed about the changes in the mask wearing regulations. However, what is a consoling move is that quite a number of places have not removed the signage advising that one should wear a mask in order to enter. It would be comforting if society could maintain the mask wearing until there is complete and official confirmation that the virus is over. Another commendable act that is showing diligent posture is the percentage of folks who are still wearing their masks. What a wonderful show of respect being paid to the virus that is giving society serious problems.
To all those who are in charge of elderly and disabled folks, it would be beneficial that they keep up mask wearing. This act will surely protect them to a great extent. Even if they are reluctant, keep ensuring that they use the mask at all times. One can only discern that by doing good for our elderly and disabled, in time to come a blessing from the Lord will be forthcoming.
Remember, the will does it.
Please continue to wear your mask, wash your hands, and keep up social distancing.
In the spirit of growth.