During this pandemic, alongside social distancing and other precautions, masks have quickly become a necessity. The reason why masks are essential is because they help contain droplets that come out of your mouth and nose when you talk, sneeze, or cough. These measures must be taken not only to protect ourselves, but also to protect others from getting Covid-19. There are a variety of different masks to choose from depending on one’s needs, though it is important to keep in mind that not all masks can provide the same level of protection.
To go elaborate, medical-grade masks N99 and N95, disposable surgical masks, and cloth masks are the best choices. These options are preferable as they are tight around the mouth and nose, and let very few viral particles seep in or out. However, using scarves, bandannas, or T-shirts as masks or masks with vents are not sufficient enough to protect from the virus. Masks with vents do not provide protection as the, “exhaled air will be expelled out through holes in the material,” the CDC website reads, which in turn will spread the virus, while the makeshift bandanna masks are too thin.
Those choosing not to wear masks at all also present a big problem because they have become a basic necessity to ensure everyone’s health. The question of masks has been turned into a political issue when President Trump and many cabinet members opted not to wear them. When asked why she refused to wear a mask, Jaqueline, a woman in Wyoming, recited the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution. “No states are allowed to make laws that take our freedoms and liberties away.” In addition to the President not wearing a mask, he also mocked Biden for wearing a mask in public. This further divided people and the idea that whether or not you wear a mask is inherently political.