A couple of days ago, President Donald Trump said he’s not sure that face masks should be mandated, but that he would wear one in a “tight” crowd.

“I’m all for masks,” Trump said in an interview with Fox Business Network. “I think masks are good.”

Too often, media, primarily the New York Times, reports on COVID-19 as a red state vs. blue state issue.

But it’s not.

Florida and Arizona have been depicted quite negatively, even though their deaths per 100,000 are almost 100 times lower than the highest rates in the Northeast blue states of NJ, NY, CT, RI, and MA.  Their “peaks” and “new highs” are predominantly among younger people, who do not suffer the same fate as the elderly.

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WE DO HAVE TO PROTECT OURSELVES

Americans have to protect themselves against the virus and, also, unfortunately, against the pandemic media coverage, which is too often skewed to sell.

Our country is set up differently than “the vast majority of countries.” Matters of health are and should be reserved for the states. Without limitation, New York City is vastly different than say Rapid City, South Dakota. Without a crystal ball, our federal government has “coordinat[ed] the fight against COVID-19” by distributing resources, such as ventilators, as needed.

HERE’S A GOOD BLUEPRINT

It’s time to be tactful. Mutual respect allows for united and loving families. Fallouts come mostly from a failure to communicate. Just as nobody should impose their views of COVID-19 on your relatives, particularly seniors, or make them feel apprehensive about their choices,

Nobody should set conditions upon your presence at a gathering. If you can’t be respectful to seniors, or you don’t feel safe, stay home. A pandemic is what it is today, but it’s fleeting. Much better times are ahead.

Our job, every one of us, is to take care of ourselves and to make it over the bridge to that better place in time together as one family with love and respect.

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Tact requires staying mum, more listening than talking—respect other people’s inherent need for periods of introspection uninterrupted by unsolicited advice.

“Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” ⏤Benjamin Franklin on tact.

IT COMES DOWN TO A PERSONAL DECISION

Each person must evaluate his or her tolerance for risk, discuss it if you are close to one another, and take actions that fit your evaluation of the risk.  Arguing about the rules is not productive, and this story  (not article) just makes more of it than most folks pay attention to.

I have found no large disagreement between my family members and me about what we should and should not do.  We have the same goals. This is a simple personal evaluation, and all of the hype about what to do is just that. I have seen no hurt feelings or arguments. This is making up stories to fill pages.

NOW IS NOT A TIME TO BE ON AN ISLAND

The vulnerable population’s concern is that some people don’t care enough about others to take a straightforward step to protect them, and all the others around those who refuse to wear a mask.

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Individuals refusing to wear a mask are not showing their tolerance for risks, just their disdain for the risks they pose to others. Except for N95 masks properly worn, the point of masks is to protect others, not the wearer. An estimated 80% of the infected are asymptomatic while they are spreading the virus.

Show you care about others. Wear a mask.

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