As the world starts to open up, businesses are rushing to have the latest safety and social distancing measures in place.
Some are lining their establishments with hand sanitizing stations and temperature check areas.
And almost all of them are mandating guests wear masks – whether flying in the skies or taking an Uber across town. But they’re all missing one major point.
It’s clear “experts” are not able to make up their minds as to whether or not travelers should wear masks – first shaming Americans for buying N95 masks and claiming we must save them for “essential workers” – as if a local business owner isn’t essential.
But then when Americans used creativity to make their own masks, yet again we were told masks don’t work and are only worth wearing for those who have COVID-19.
But as cases continued to climb, “experts” came back yet again shaming Americans who DON’T wear masks claiming they’re trying to kill grandma.
Of course, after the back and forth debate, most folks are distrusting and skeptical of the effectiveness of masks.
Do they work? Do they not?
Nobody really knows.
Regardless, businesses are essentially telling guests, wear a mask (even if incorrectly) or we won’t serve you.
Uber is jumping on the “safety” bandwagon and mandating every rider wear a mask.
No mask – no Uber.
They’re doing other stuff too like not letting passengers ride in the front seat and insisting drivers follow extra cleaning protocols.
But then it gets even more invasive…
… every rider must fill out a “ready to ride safety checklist” which makes them sign off that they’ve sanitized their hands, will agree to wear a mask… AND agree to open the windows and sit in the backseat.
Good grief, are you serious?
What’s next, a blacklight check on a person’s hands to see if any germs remain?
The way things are going, it wouldn’t be too surprising if some “expert” mandates this down the road.
No Fresh Air For You
We’ve already discussed the craziness of airlines mandating passengers wear masks.
Imagine the torture of sitting through a long flight breathing in your own air wearing an uncomfortable mask.
And it’s not just aboard the aircraft, it’s all throughout the airport – from check-in to boarding.
The truth is, no one has even proven wearing a cloth mask keeps anyone safe!
But yet again, travelers have more restrictions, making the journey that much more stressful and uncomfortable.
The Madness Of Masks
If you’ve been out of the house, you’ve likely seen people lined up outside of supermarkets and stores wearing masks.
From grandma in her home sewn mask to the guy wearing a full-blown N95 mask (with a filter), everyone has their idea of what is best.
The optics look great.
Except… people are doing it all wrong.
Wearing the same disposable surgical mask over and over again does absolutely nothing to keep anyone safe…
…especially when people touch the mask with their hands and then put it in their purse, on the seat in their car, or wherever else – and then wear it again!
Disposable surgical masks are disposable…
…that means you wear them once and throw them away.
And while the effectiveness of cloth masks is debatable, if one chooses to wear them, they have to actually be washed.
Admittedly I do wear a cloth mask when I go out to the store.
And when I get to my car, I place it in a plastic bag and then wash it after each use – sanitizing my hands after taking it off.
But many people wear masks that don’t fit, so they’re constantly touching their face (which eliminates the whole point of a mask) to readjust it.
I was at a hardware store the other day and saw people wearing masks that didn’t even cover their nose – really what’s the point?
And where does mandating masks get to the point of dictating ridiculous rules?
An old post surfaced with the CDC telling guys who wear respirator masks to shave their beards so their mask fits better.
While this was produced prior to COVID-19, in theory it shows that for a mask to fit properly, it needs to cover your face and not allow gaps.
So what’s next?
Businesses banning guys with facial hair?
Yeah, that might sound crazy and impossible, but we also never thought we’d be living in a reality where we’d have to wear a mask to ride an Uber or board a flight either.
And yet, here we are.
Over-Reacting As Always
Of course, no business wants to be the first place to have a major COVID-19 outbreak crisis once stay at home bans are lifted…
… so it’s almost like businesses are competing to introduce the most safety measures to prove their place is most secure.
The reality is, no one knows how COVID-19 is going to play out.
And that’s the truth – some people will feel comfortable taking the risk to resume travel once allowed, and others will choose to stay at home.
That’s the beauty of freedom and choice.
But while people can choose not to go to places like Disney, many people can’t choose to simply not fly – especially if their job depends on it.
So while the travel industry continues to use all of us as guinea pigs to figure out what works (and what they can get away with) – we’re left stuck trying to use our own brains to calculate the balance between safety and insanity.
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