Q11. What are your experiences of masks?: "Wore the mask to town yesterday, first day in town since April. Even my kiddies wore their masks,they hated it but did so anyway. It kept giving me flashbacks to being suffocated but I used my grounding techinques and stuck too it. Found places to pause and take off for a breather when I needed too. What vexed me was how many people weren't wearing any, all staff were but most people in shops or walking weren't. Many maybe carried one, saw a few sticking out a pocket or being held loosely in their hands like it's a casual glove or something rather than the literal shield against potential infection. My daughter asked me why some people don't care about the masks and I said "some people take their health for granted, not everyone can afford such a luxury". I tried not to judge, I sure there were many with valid reasons to not wear a mask, but I couldnt help feeling a little resentful. I hate the mask, it gives me flashbacks to nearly being killed, I was tense the whole time and couldn't wait to get home, yet I still wore it. To be an example to my kids about responsibility and civic duties. And to avoid catching a virus that will likely cause me extreme ill health if not worse. Yet most adults I see don't seem to care. What shocked me most though, when walking through town, was the sheer number of discarded masks I saw littered about. Saw one person take a disposable mask off and throw it, on a blustery day, in the general direct of a public bin from about five feet away. They didn't even look to see if it went in the bin (spoiler, it didn't) and just walked off. I wanted to pick it up and bin it but I didn't dare, I don't know how dirty it may have been, but some poor civil service employee will be tasked with picking up all the discarded masks on the street and that's not fair on them to take that risk because adults are too lazy to take a few extra seconds to place an item in a bin properly. Smh."

Victoria B
Oct 1, 2020

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