Christian, Please Wear a Face Mask: Part 1

“ ‘Wearing a mask is for smug liberals. Refusing to is for reckless Republicans.’ If only things were that simple; if only we could laugh off the debate as hyperbolic virtue signaling from both sides. Most likely by the time you read this, though, we will have tragically raced past the 100,000 mark in this country’s fatality count.” - John Ellis



Office rules like that are why I plan to work from home indefinitely until people are allowed to act like people again. Ridiculous.

I had to edit the details out of that post. Potential confidentiality concerns. But I don’t see plans like these as ridiculous. These offices are usually in metro areas where COVID has been much more active than in the more rural areas where I live. In general, businesses that are aiming for partial office occupancy, rotating groups isolated from one another, etc., are going to be in a good position to maintain continuity of operations if this or any other plague gets severe in the area. If someone in one group is known to be infected, the entire office will not have to quarantine. And even those in the same group have ten days out of the building already scheduled. So quarantine would be minimally disruptive.

I look at these efforts as good practice runs. We have no reason to believe there can’t be a COVID-20 or 21 down the road… and we’re barely any more ready for it nationally now than we were this spring. Plus, though it’s no longer new news, COVID-19 isn’t over yet. We have a backlog of general medical needs nation wide and that neglect is going to be added to the usual (at least) flu season this fall, plus ongoing C19 infections… even if there is no “second wave.” I don’t see any way it fails to be a tough winter.

Views expressed are always my own and not my employer's, my church's, my family's, my neighbors', or my pets'. The house plants have authorized me to speak for them, however, and they always agree with me.

I hope people have purchased their personal Tupperware suits. I went to the gym this morning for the first time in 10 weeks and was quite to happy to see not a single person wearing a mask. I just finished reading an excellent account of the Spanish flu epidemic, and have a renewed contempt for the political responses concerning COVID-19. This will be written about for decades to come. The epidemiologists and the politicans will be laughingstocks for the history textbooks.

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and works in State government.