Make no mistake: This is macho bullshit at its most lethal. Donald David Abrams, a psychologist and professor of social and behavioral science at New York University, told CNN that for some people, “Putting on that mask is about as blatant as saying, ‘Hey, I’m a scaredy cat.’”
Wearing a mask isn’t for the wearer. 70% of people who have the virus do not show any symptoms.
If you happen to have the virus but don’t know it because you’re among the 70% that will never have symptoms, a mask prevents you from infecting people. Especially people with compromised immune systems.
There’s a chain reaction, of course. You may not infect someone who has a compromised immune system. You might infect someone who will also not have any symptoms, but will go home and infect their spouse or child.
We wear masks because there are people who have asthma, people who have had cancer or organ transplants and they would not survive it.
Wearing a mask is not weakness, it’s consideration for others — something we could use more of, not less of.
Reddit explained it best…