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Should I Wear a Mask?

Amir Garrett wants to know why you won’t wear a mask.

Echoing history, Army Reserve Soldiers play baseball in gas masks by Sgt. 1st Class Shaiyla Hakeem is licensed under Public Domain

Should I Wear a Mask?

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It’s no secret the United States is falling behind in the fight to battle COVID-19. The data doesn’t lie and is being reported by reputable sources such as Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (I don’t think they want to sully their name because Jan on Facebook thinks it’s all a hoax). Infections have sky-rocketed across the south and Americans have just given up caring. The weather has gotten nicer so social distancing and other guidelines suggested by the CDC are being ignored. One of my favorite Twitter personalities poses the question:

Amir, I too would like to know why people won’t wear a mask.

MLB Infections

As baseball inexplicably starts up again, we have seen countless infections from prominent players. Charlie Blackmon, Aaron Nola, Salvador Perez, Freddie Freeman, and Tommy Pham have all tested positive for the virus. In case you weren’t aware, professional athletes are people who make a living keeping their bodies in the best shape possible. So when you listen to Freddie Freeman’s experience with the disease, you should take it seriously. You are not a professional athlete. You are like me and keep your body in somewhat mediocre shape with a steady diet of fried food and an occasional jog. You will likely have an experience similar or worse than Freeman’s.

So why when the CDC offers you one simple trick to not die and not spread infection to others do Americans resort to “don’t tread on me”? I wish I knew the answer to this but let me try and paint an analogy for you.

Wear a Helmet, Kids

In baseball, there is a guy standing on a raised platform hurling a small, solid object at you. This object is usually traveling at least 90 MPH. As a batter, I know that I have a piece of protection covering my head. This allows me not to die when that guy throws that solid object at me. Of course he isn’t trying to intentionally hit me in the head, but I know there’s a chance he could. Therefore, I wear a helmet to protect myself from dying. And the fact I wear a helmet, means the guy on deck wears one so that he won’t die either. Without that helmet, if I get plunked in the head, maybe I won’t die but I will have a bad time. Maybe the guy after me isn’t so lucky and he succumbs to the plunk.

If someone sneezes (or even speaks!) and I’m wearing a mask, there’s a better chance I won’t get the virus.

This might not be the best analogy, but it works. We have one piece of protection that can help ourselves and our fellow Americans but we refuse to wear it because freedom. If we want to enjoy so many of those things that we currently cannot like attending a baseball game, giving a high five, going to happy hour 4 out of 5 nights a week, then there’s one simple thing we can do:

Wear a mask.

You have no excuse.

Thanks, Debbie!

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Jason moved to NYC for 9 years and gained a wife, a child, and career then decided to go back to the Steel City. A sports fan since birth, he follows the Pirates, Duquesne basketball, Pens, Steelers, and Pistons (Grant Hill would have been better than Jordan if he had stayed healthy...prove me wrong). He enjoys playing in various sports leagues and throwing his money away on fantasy sports. Besides that, a good book and video games for a day would be just fine with him.

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