You know things are bad when you see a great number of people wearing a mask to the supermarket

By Nina Steele 

Wearing a mask to the supermarketI wore a mask to the supermarket for the first time last week. I couldn’t put it off any longer even if I wanted to. With the number of deaths from coronavirus in the UK nearing a thousand a day, the time had come to act. And by the look of it, many people felt the same way too.

In the early days of the virus, I could count on one hand how many people wore a mask. Now, I can say with confidence that at least half the people I met last week wore one. The number of mask wearers increased steadily as the number of daily deaths increased. Everyone now realises that this virus needs to be taken extremely seriously.

Now that masks have become highly sought after, you cannot just pop into your local DIY store to get one. That’s if your local DYI store is still open for business. The one I use was made for me by my husband. He is relieved that I am finally wearing one, as I wasn’t keen at first.

As I cannot recollect the last time I wore a mask, I didn’t know what to expect. I was worried about how easily it would be for me to breathe. As it turned out, I needn’t have worried. My breathing was not impacted as much as I thought it would and the whole experience did not put me off. I am now choosing to wear a mask to the supermarket until the pandemic is officially over.

Predictably, masks have become a major topic of discussion on social media. One of my Facebook friends took issue with people wearing a mask even while driving alone in their car. He doesn’t see the point. As far as he is concerned, masks should only be worn as he put it “at high risk locations or when you are in contact with people especially at work”. I disagree. If my own experience is anything to go by, I suspect that most of those people wearing a mask while driving just can’t be bothered to remove it from one location to another. And I don’t think it is good practice to do so anyway, in order to minimise the risk of coming into contact with the virus. I typically shop at two different supermarkets and I also visit a smaller retailer for African foodstuffs. So I am one of those people you will see wearing a mask while driving alone in the car with the windows up!

Wearing a mask to the supermarket

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