September 27, 2020

mask use is up, thank a journalist

It sometime doesn’t feel that way, but mask use is going up and people are taking the threat of COVID-19 more seriously. It is related to where they live and if they know someone who has been ill. Hopefully, some of the states that have been resistant to face coverings will get on board now that the virus is increasing in their location. When it gets personal, people start to understand. The Washington Post has a graphic depiction that depicts the vastness of the loss of life so far. Sadly, I think a subscription is required to see it. The New York Times has made their COVID related news free for now.

Among the things Jamie and I are doing to help since we have income, is to spread our money around and support what we think is important. Which is why we subscribe to several news organizations to support journalism, necessary for an informed citizenry. Many of them are doing amazing work to keep us up to date with developments, not tainted by politics, and I am grateful for that.

More data shows that homemade masks work to prevent transmission of COVID-19.. And now evidence shows that silk may be the ideal material for a homemade mask. It works better than cotton and can be more comfortable too.

Which brings me to this sweet tale of a women who has found purpose in blogging during the pandemic. She is 86 and decided to write to give herself purpose “to cheer people up”. She has been writing about scarves that she has collected over the years, each with a tale and story of its own. This particular post is relevant because she uses a silk scarf to make a mask. Now she has another new purpose as well. I relate to her story because I blog too, not necessarily to cheer you up. How can I, when I bear bad news sometimes? But to help keep you informed and connected while these challenges last. It helps me feel connected too, more than you can even know.

Wash your hands, cover your nose, keep safe six, and stay connected.

And finally, my caveat is that this is my experience and my opinions, which are subject to change as more information is available, and not related to the organization I work for. Thanks for reading.