Wear / Where’s Your Mask?

Wear your mask / where’s your mask?

I posted “Respect the Mask” one month ago, today. My primary concern was for those of us (non-essential workers) who have to venture out to protect those who have to venture out. In it, I said:

Any mask (even a scarf) will give you some protection from some spray droplets from others (and others from yours, should you sneeze), but not 100%, and not from aerosolized droplets.

So, I’ve said that my mask / scarf protects you from me, your wearing a mask / scarf protects me from you. It goes further. Our masks protect those who are not with us at the moment we encounter each other. They are our family members, our co-workers, the essential workers we might encounter .. the list goes on.

Each potential contact is a potential infection .. If not for us, for someone else:

  • The ambulance or hospital worker who has to admit either of us to the hospital.
  • Consumption of the PPE for workers attending to us.
  • A hospital bed.
  • A ventilator.
  • Consumption of any drugs administered to us.
  • Last, any of those with whom we came into contact ..

.. just because one of us chose to avoid the mask.

The masks aren’t perfect. Only the N95, and only when properly used is near 100% effective.

Masks are not a challenge to your personal or political right or your party, nor are they a challenge to your Constitutional Freedoms.

Let’s make this simple: given that the virus hasn’t changed and is every bit as contagious as it was back in February / March, we need to “Behave Like (We) Have It ..“. In short: If you don’t have to be about in public right now, please don’t. The virus has not changed .. “Let’s Not Undo ..” the good work we’ve done.

If nothing else, think of wearing a mask it as a courtesy .. think of it as you won’t have to shave for a while longer .. get a decorative one and make it a fashion statement.

Please, just wear it when in public. Protect yourself and others.

Stay connected. Stay safe. Stay home.

About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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