Cover Up

The journal Pulse reports that:

“the BMA believes face coverings should be worn at all times where practicable, including outdoors, in case social distancing is not observed for whatever reason.” (see http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/news/bma-calls-for-the-public-to-be-required-to-wear-face-masks-in-all-settings/20041054.article).

I have the greatest respect for the medical profession. They saved my life as a small child by removing a blood clot from my brain. Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals work extremely hard, and have put themselves at great risk during the Corona pandemic in the line of duty.

I do, however hope that the UK government resists calls by the BMA for the wearing of face coverings “in all settings”.

We have been told that, when outside, the risk of contracting the virus is greatly reduced due to the circulation of air. Indeed the first lockdown restrictions to be lifted pertained to allowing people (not from the same household) to socialise outdoors. Yet we are now being advised (or told depending on how one interprets it), by the BMA that we should all be wearing masks as a matter of routine in all settings.

I for one would rather take the risk when in a park, strolling through the woods, or in some other place of beauty where the air is good, of not wearing a mask and actually feeling that I’m living a life (rather than merely existing)

Are we to be medicated to the extent that we remain “safe” whilst joy dies?

I accept the need for face coverings on public transport where social distancing is frequently impossible. However imposing the wearing of masks/face coverings “in all settings” is a step to far, and I sincerely hope that the government does not act on the advice of the BMA in this instance.

Are we really going to turn into a society where policemen pop out from behind trees in the forest and say, “excuse me, why are you not wearing a face covering?” The very idea is, at the same time both risible and rather sinister.

2 thoughts on “Cover Up

  1. Veronica

    I completely agree with your post, Kevin! Although it is essential to take precautions, it is equally important not to go to extremes. Besides, wearing a face mask for too long may even enhance the spread of harmful bacteria. Hopefully, global anxiety will cease soon. Warmest Regards, Veronica

    Reply
    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      Many thanks for your comment, Veronica. I went clothes shopping with a friend this morning, during which I wore a mask. Being blind and unable to see the other customers and staff, I asked my sighted friend whether they where wearing masks. He said “no”, and that the staff on the shop floor did not have on face coverings. Later, I walked in the woods close to my home and did not wear a mask as the risk outdoors (especially in the woods which where virtually devoid of people) is very low, plus I want to breathe in the good, fresh air. As you say, its all about being sensible. Best wishes, Kevin

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