The science says that wearing a mask is one of the most significant things the average person can do to prevent the spread of coronavirus. It’s very possible to have COVID-19 and not know it. Though many get seriously sick with lingering consequences, and over 150,000 people in the U.S. have died, there are many mild cases that spread the virus quickly because they’re not aware of how sick they are.
So wear your dang mask!
Very sadly, there are a number of people who think not wearing a mask is the important civil rights stand of their time and are absolutely refusing. They’re even making fake exemption cards and spreading misinformation everywhere. Facebook is one of their favorite places to post stupid memes about ignoring public health, and one mom named Tessie Smith allegedly shared a meme about ignoring mask and aisle directives in a Walmart. Her post was screenshot by a Twitter user named @maleeezy_, who captioned it “a story in two parts.”
The second part is another post supposedly made by Smith, in which she writes, “As of today I was informed I tested positive for the COVID-19 if I have been in contact with anyone lately please go get tested.”
“Right now my only symptoms are dizzy spells, dry throat and cough which I thought were just allergies,” she continued. “Please keep my family in your prayers as I have a lot of kids who I am worried about most especially my 2 month old.”
A lot of people have thoughts about Tessie Smith’s mistake:
People are more scared of the, mild at most, side effects from masks more than they are of the actual virus and dramaticize them to spread fear— Sarah #BLM (@sarahboo1202) June 25, 2020
Play STUPID games, win STUPID prizes https://t.co/5ZqjqEjihJ— Big Swole 💪🏾 (@SwoleWorld) June 25, 2020
Why are people so shortsighted that this virus literally has to hit home for them to take it seriously? https://t.co/osJpnk6d79— Dan Freedman (@dfreedman7) June 25, 2020
Because their lives have been too easy for too long. I can't tell you how many middle aged white women at work are more worried about getting to their stylists than getting COVID— life essential (@Robail) June 26, 2020
These ppl couldn’t even keep a mask on but they expect us to keep their families in our thoughts and prayers. Sounds like your family should have kept you indoors. Keep on keepin on. https://t.co/3SwxBJYQDz— Chillin in my Bacta (@DarthAmin) June 25, 2020
The golden rule is this: PREVENTION IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN CURE. If you don't care that you'll die, at least be humane enough to wear mask as to not infect others. It's simple logic. Please, wear mask. I BEG.— DJappleblush (@DjAppleBlush) June 25, 2020
There are a lot of people refusing to wear masks and a lot of people getting COVID. There is definitely some crossover there, and many of them have Facebook accounts. Someone, probably lots of someones, are learning their lesson the hard way.