Correct wearing of masks is so important
I am disappointed in the image that was chosen to be featured on the front page of today’s paper (June 4, 2020).
It shows an attractive young woman protesting at the United States Consulate with her mask below her nose. Many others in the pictures are wearing theirs appropriately.
When a mask is worn this way, especially if the wearer is singing or chanting, everything is being exhaled on the outside of the mask.
If this person happens to be an asymptomatic carrier, when the mask is restored to its appropriate position, the exterior of the mask is contaminated.
It is not protecting someone who is standing close, but actually probably putting them in greater risk.
This is a very common approach in this community and I am sorry to single this woman out in any way. I and my family plan on attending the March on Sunday. Please allow us to gather safely. Let us try and maintain our distance and cover both mouth and nose for the duration of time we have together.
Yes, it is uncomfortable but if there is a greater risk from the virus among people of colour it is paramount we do everything we can to protect ourselves and each other.
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