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America, Face Masks Save Lives. Don’t Quit Now

America, let’s face mask. Come on. We’re a smart country, aren’t we? We make mistakes, but we learn from them, right? Let’s beat this thing together.

By David Stone

Update: September 8th, 2020

In the the months since I posted Come on, America, Let’s Face Mask, the evidence grew stronger that compliance helps.

Here in New York City, after Governor Cuomo pushed hard for face coverings, explaining how and why they helped, we saw a lot more while infections and deaths fell.

Other states took the hint after they became hot zones, started recommending face masks and got healthier.

Oh, as the New York Times found in an informal survey, compliance was far from perfect. Looking at all five boroughs, their reporters found on average that 2 out of 3 men wore face masks, leaving only 1/3 as selfish bastards.

Face Masks, No Obstacle To Beauty
No need to look twice. No face mask can deprive us of our beauty.

With women, only 1 in 6 were selfish bastards, which resonates with a general assumption that men are twice as likely to be selfish bastards.

But now, we’ve got an emerging problem…

Over the Labor Day weekend, a walk through Central Park showed that, in spite of warnings slowly increasing infections, New Yorkers are letting down their guards.

That is, face masks are becoming less evident.

I hadn’t seen so many maskless faces since the early pandemic days in March.

And the horrors we’ve seen on college campuses, suggesting that “young sometimes rhymes with dumb,” indicate a careless trend nationwide.

With schools opening here in New York and hopes for indoor dining rising, the time’s ripe for a second wave.

Don’t let that happen, America. Wear your face masks. And especially, don’t let that happen, New York.

We’ve come too far to backslide now.

END OF UPDATE

Some interesting facts popped up Wednesday in the New York Times. In an opinion article, the authors casually shocked us. Why weren’t we told this before…?

While New York City’s recorded around 20,000 coronavirus deaths, similarly sized Hong Kong has… just four.

But differing results were easily explained.

“Close to 99 percent of Hong Kong residents have been wearing masks, to prevent the wearer from spreading the virus, since early February,” the authors wrote.

They continued, “According to a mid-April Gallup poll, only a third of Americans say they always wear a mask or cloth face covering outside the home. Another third of us sometimes wear a mask in public, and a third never do.”

So, America, do you want to wear the mask and be like Hong Kong? Or would you prefer a New York-like death toll weaving across the nation?

And that’s not to mention forcing parts of America closed indefinitely.

Come on, America. Let’s face mask!

Let's face mask profile in black and white
The facts are black and white. Face mask in profile and still look cool.
Face mask seriously and never give up your piercing gaze.
Americans can face mask at work.
Americans return to work faster, and America opens from shore to shore, if we face mask on the job.

“Stay the course, stay the course, it’s working, stay the course, stay inside, take precautions. That’s why I say that 100 times.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo
April 13th, 2020.

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Roosevelt Island Operating Corp. president Susan Rosenthal proves face coverings are no obstacle to fashion.
Let's face mask with no fear wall art.
No fear. Play it safe. Wear a face mask.

Come on, America, let’s face mask together!

Even anime face masks with style.
Face mask in style.
Face mask never interfere with style.
Beautiful hair is always beautiful, maybe more so surrounding a face covering, and look at those eyes…
Face mask in the operating room.
Let’s get real. If doctors can wear face masks for hours during surgery, you can manage a half-hour in the grocery store.
Let’s face mask as a team, and maybe you can get some art in the picture.
Let me repeat, No face mask is an obstacle to beauty.

By David Stone

4 replies »

    • Yes. PSD is inexplicable. Joggers have a hard time breathing with masks on, but they could use scarfs or thinner material or walk instead. Bicyclist? In this as well most things, they do whatever the hell they want, not all but way too many, no masks, no concern for pedestrians, no stop signs, etc.

      Thanks, Brian.

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