Some states are marching for re-opening their counties, districts and stores, and at some areas from coast to coast there are sings of reopening backlash, demanding their freedom by quarentine fatigue even under the order. Reflecting upon such movements, I recently have been feeling that this pandemic would cease to exist in a matter of weeks although I intensively convince myself that that will not be the case at all.
The U.S. Central for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, has been calling for people to wear face covering, which is known as a mask in Asia, for one of precautions. The fact of the matter is that the increaing number of people in the country are used to wearing a face covering which otherwise for patients in critical condition. Including News correspondernts, frontline workers, the overall opportunities of seeing people's wearing it on TV have increased.
Delta Airlines has announced that wearing a mask is a must for both crews and passengers, following Jetblue airways required souls on board to wear a mask, becoming a first major ailines to enact the rule in the U.S.
In Asia region where I live, "mask" is nothing but a part of lives for many people. We asian probably have no bias against wearing a mask; just because individuals wear a mask, nobody would condemn them and elude them by regarding a mask as a patient with critical condition. In Japan, we have a lot of pine trees which is notably famous for causing hay fever. To prevent this allergy, some wear a mask to protect the tiny particles into their nose. Other than that, people usually wear it for the purpose of a precaution for seasonal flu or other disease. This is not hype at all, but because at the public spaces like on the train where high density of people is seen, people are sereously concerned to be infected as nowadays many around the globe practice social distancing outside for that reason. To make a long story short, in Asia region, people believe the effect of mask is reliable in blocking even itty bitty particles from entering the body by covering especially nose and mouth.
In United States, on the other hand, people does not believe its efficacy, I assume. I unfortunately cannot know what the truth is because I am not an American citizens, and above all, I have never experienced the life in the U.S, which is why I have no idea how people see or think of mask as. I, however, felt I was able to know the degree of which how much a mask is not a part of American culture by the pandemic: Coronavirus, also known as "COVID-19." At first phase, probably back in March or February just when coronavirus started spreading across the globe outside China, CDC announced that wearing a mask does not protect the people from the virus because of the lack of rationale. (see: CDC says surgical masks won't protect you from the coronavirus | KOMO)
I was in Orlando, Florida and Dallas, Texas in late February for single trips. On the plane to Seoul from Tokyo, and to Atlant from Seould, I saw many people, especially asian, wearing a protective gear. And the same phenomenon was seen at the gate of a plane for Seould at Atlant airport. Othere than that, on domestic flight, hotels, universal studio, Kennedy Space Center, Stockyard, downtoun and so on, nobody wore a mask. I brought there with the hope of the people wear a mask for a precaution, but that ended up in fantasy. Probably if I had wore the mask there, I would have been experienced what is equivalent to discremination or something.
These days, however, the virus turned the table. I think the virus has wiped out the obsolete attidude toward a mask. CDC as well as many news corresponders, the President Donald Trump urge people to wear a mask or use face covering made by cloth to cover up a face, in addition to practicing social distance. I actually doubt that a mask can prevent being infected, but one thing which is obvious is that you can avoid catching someone's saliva spitted unintentionaly. And the virus are thought to be in the air so that if you breathed in the uncleaned air, you would see the tragetic result by the virus.
The latent of mask has been proved around the globea as many coorperations, governements, and institutions mandate mask wearing, and wearing a mask does not mean special at all because many are understanding its function well. I strongly hope that just because of one mask, just because people are wearing a mask, nobody will be the subject of racism, or denigration.
Please take care of yourself and each other, and watch the announcement made by municipals or governemnts carefully to follow the rule for containg the viru as fast as we can.