How We Talk About Masks Makes a Difference
By Sarah Balke
The thought of wearing a cloth face covering when in public settings can ignite a range of emotions. For the general population, there have been mixed messages regarding wearing a mask since the onset of COVID-19. Initially, the general public was told not to wear masks because they don’t help protect you. As time went on, and the experts learned more about how the virus spreads, the CDC recommended the general public wear a cloth face covering in public, when social distancing is hard to maintain.
As the US resumes pre-Coronavirus activities, businesses reopen, and schools make critical decisions about how to function in the fall, it seems cloth face coverings will be a part of our “new normal”. How we talk about, and react to, wearing a mask can make a difference, especially when someone who is easily influenced is listening.