HEALTH/FOOD

Keep Those Masks On Your Faces

Ragamuffin, don’t be silly, put some rubbers pon unuh willy

AIDS a go ’round and we don’ waan catch it

Rude bwoy, don’t be silly, rubbers pon unuh willy

AIDS a go ’round and we don’ waan catch it

Willy (Don’t Be Silly) — Buju Banton

Today, the Jamaican artist Buju Banton’s rendition titled, Willy Don’t Be Silly, could easily be applied to the context of mask-wearing.

The fact of the matter is one still lives in an ongoing pandemic environment, and therefore, the protection of oneself should be of paramount importance.  

Some would argue that broad mask mandates have not done much to prevent Omicron’s spread. 

However, too many people wear low-quality masks or take them off at times, and Omicron is so contagious that it takes advantage of these gaps.

  But masks can still help reduce Covid’s spread:

  •   They are especially helpful in hospitals and nursing homes, where high-quality masks can be required and where many people are vulnerable.
  • Masks also make sense for people who have returned to work or school five to 10 days after a Covid infection, said Dr. Shira Doron of Tufts Medical Center.
  • Anybody who is personally anxious about Covid, for any reason, can wear a mask, too, Dr. Tom Frieden, a former C.D.C. director, notes. A high-quality mask will protect the wearer even if others nearby are maskless.

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Edited by Jesus Chan

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