There is a deadly virus circulating across the world, and somehow, protecting yourself and others from catching it has become politicized. Trump supporters and other far-right activists are showing up at government buildings with guns to insist that lockdowns end and people go back to giving them haircuts. Other people are enraged that they can’t go into grocery stores or other private businesses without a mask on. Unfortunately, no matter how unhappy anyone is with the situation, the virus is still out there and easily transmissible.
It’s understandable that people are worried about work and the economy, even if I strongly disagree with how they’re expressing it—and vehemently disagree with the federal government’s awful response. But the people freaking out about being slightly inconvenienced by mask-wearing is really unbelievable.
Like this Karen, getting emotional and claiming that wearing a thin medical mask for 45 minutes made her sick.
The clip was shared by YouTuber Brian Tyler Cohen, and it shows a woman sitting in her car and getting weepy because of the mask requirements of whatever business parking lot she’s in.
“You can’t see people’s faces, you can’t make human connection, we can’t hug people, we can’t hold their babies,” she says, getting emotional. “I’m at the end of it. I’m just simply at the end of it.”
Karen wore a mask for 45 minutes and now she's crying because she can't see strangers' faces or hold their babies.pic.twitter.com/AYE0N5Xtxo— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) May 20, 2020
Yeah, those things all suck. I actually do sympathize. But you also shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near anyone’s babies if you’re refusing to wear a mask, lady. This Karen says she believes the virus is real but implies the numbers don’t justify the safety measures in place to hold it back. She must not be aware that the numbers are “low” because of those safety measures. And those “low” numbers include about 90,000 dead people and who knows how many more with lifelong health issues following their recovery.
If you’re skeptical about that, it should be noted that cases have been jumping in rural counties, especially those where Donald Trump has strong support, as people ingest his message that the economy is more important than public safety.
People on Twitter are trying to give Karen a lesson, on entitlement, on what doctors and nurses are going through in hospitals, and on why a mask is so necessary at this moment:
Thank you Sandra will never be enough. 💚— Trinity (@TrinityResists) May 20, 2020
These microscopic particles containing the coronavirus, covid-19 float in the air until they either land on a surface or get breathed into someone else's lungs.— Todd Bird (@ToddBird13) May 20, 2020
Some people have no idea they're infected. Others can die a very painful death. It is contagious. Really contagious.
You can’t emotionally connect when they’re isolated in the ICU with COVID either, Karen. Take a Xanax and wear the damn mask 😷— Kate Shasky (@tailwinds137) May 20, 2020
This Karen wouldn’t watch Fox News if someone paid me!— Karen Taylor🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊 (@KarenATTaylor) May 21, 2020
My husband confronted 2 women at Costco today who weren’t wearing their masks. He asked them why and they said it’s their Constitutional right. He said, “Where in the Constitution does it say that?” They had no answer. He said, “Have a fxcking good day!” 😂— Sisu Heart 🇫🇮🦅💙🇺🇸✊🏼🏳️🌈 (@lisamia596) May 20, 2020
People that have never been told “no” are feeling oppressed for being asked to wear a mask during a pandemic. pic.twitter.com/HOd6ymqtqD— arnie (@nulf083) May 20, 2020
I wear a mask 12 hours a day and haven’t hugged my parents, for 70 days, been in a home other than mine or let a patient see the face or touched the hands that they are trusting their babies & their lives to. But Karen can’t wear a mask for 15 minutes. Because Karen’s gonna Karen— Michelle Drew DNP, MPH, CNM, FNP, CD (@iamn0tthe1) May 21, 2020
"Fragile" = "selfish." I had asthma for 14 years; I had double pneumonia TWICE and walking pneumonia once. I HATE having anything over my mouth and nose bc it makes me panic & struggle to breathe. But I mask up & live with it, so that others may live.— thepolitical "All-White Primaries" cat (@thepoliticalcat) May 20, 2020
Same here. I have not held my precious grand baby, Harper, since March 9th. She is now 10 months old and the cutest little button you ever saw. It breaks my heart. pic.twitter.com/E0ENd6OlP6— 🌻Sandi Latham (@Sandi_Latham) May 21, 2020
Right? Please don’t touch my baby. I don’t know you like that. And even if I did... ugh, don’t touch my baby.— Jennifer B (@random_girl_mom) May 21, 2020
If you don’t want to wear a mask, you’re not alone. If you refuse to wear a mask, you should be.