Face masks have become more and more prevalent in the fight against covid-19, but I'm not a fan.
I first saw someone wearing a face mask in a supermarket I was visiting, before lockdown. I thought it was a little premature, as we'd had no cases in Bristol by then. I thought also it's a bit over the top as the jury is still, even now, out on whether or not masks actually protect the wearer, and they offer a limited protection to other people by stopping the virus cough everywhere. And, we all should know by now, if you think you have covid-19 you should be isolating at home!
I went through Gatwick airport in early March and I saw just five mask wearers; I was relieved it was only a handful of people as it's quite an unnerving sight. I did however see someone wearing a mask that resembled a storm trooper helmet, which was more than amusing, more than overkill.
Seeing the general public in surgical masks is a little scary. It does make my inner voice panic a little - should I be wearing one too?? Is that person sick?? Quick, leg it! I saw two women on my dog walk today who had Freddy Krueger type masks in black, horrible!
On another non-medical level, masks hide expressions, and most of all, sadly, smiles. We all need a few more smiles aimed in our direction these days. If I started wearing a mask (unlikely), I'd definitely draw a big goofy grin on the front.
Lastly, I hate seeing people in surgical masks because there is a shortage for the NHS. Medical personnel need them more that the person on the street, so make them if you can and donate, don't bulk buy for yourself (or buy at all), and above all, keep calm!