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.”

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:

If you don’t want to wear a mask, you’re not alone. If you refuse to wear a mask, you should be.

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*First Published: May 21, 2020, 8:26 am