Can We MASK You a Question?
Why masks are still important to wear during the COVID-19 pandemic
There’s no doubt about it. COVID-19 has rocked our world. The current death toll is 1.2 million, and, like global superbugs of the past, that toll has continued to climb despite our efforts to curb it. Because of this killer, the entire world has had to adapt with new ways of being and living, including working-from-home, social distancing, and especially - wearing masks to slow the spread.
With the recent news of Pfizer and BioNTech coming up with a vaccine candidate - found to be more than 90% effective - the entire world also just let out one giant audible Phew! Or, maybe a Thank God! Or, maybe some kind of very celebratory and totally warranted expletive.
This has been a very tough year for most, so the fact that there could soon be a vaccine on the horizon feels so good that words can’t even describe. Here’s our attempt though, something like: first-sip-of-coffee-beautiful-pink-sunset-taste-of-chocolate-ice-cream-warm-hug-from-a-friend GOOD. We have a quick and important question for you though.
With a vaccine coming, is it necessary we keep wearing these silly masks?
SHORT ANSWER: You better believe it.
At the beginning of the coronavirus there was some confusion about mask wearing, but eventually, after scientific proof, the WHO and the CDC came out and said quite clearly: the more masks the better.
“We are not defenseless against COVID-19,” said CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield. “Cloth face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus – particularly when used universally within a community setting. All Americans have a responsibility to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.”
So until we all have access to a vaccine, which could be months and months from now, the kind thing to do is to continue doing our part by wearing masks, staying healthy, staying positive, and thinking about the well-being of our families as well as our community as a whole.
Because at the end of the day, that’s the goal, right?
Healthy lives. More joy. More hope. More kindness. Less worry. More readiness.
Here are a couple of our favorites.
The Everyday Sanitizer Set:
Why We Love It: It’s got everything you need to stay germ-free. If there were any kind of mask that Mary Poppins would carry in her magic bag it would be this one. In addition to 5 masks, there’s also hand sanitizer, alcohol wipes, tissues, and even a little booklet on ways to stay safe.
M2 Face Mask:
Why We Love It: Nothing says not-messing-around like this beast. This is great for those of you who are super active and also want to be super protected no matter where you go or what you’re doing. It’s even got a replaceable active carbon filter. So, heck to the yes!
Oh, and if you’re curious about ways to stay safe for any pandemic that heads your way in the future, make sure you download the harbor app if you haven’t already! You’ll discover not only pandemic safety tips, but also helpful advice for just about any risk or uncertainty you might face.
No matter what, remember:
don’t worry. be ready.