Join the Face Mask Movement
With all the struggles of violence, disease, and underemployment lately, it’s no wonder that we are feeling more isolated than ever. We need connection to thrive. I propose that we show our care and solidarity by wearing a simple face mask when we go out.
As an ER doctor treating Covid patients the last three months, my N95 mask has been a lifeline. I am living proof of its effectiveness. Face masks do save lives — by containing our droplets when we cough, sneeze, talk, or sing. Imagine if the 40% who are infected but asymptomatic wore a face mask to prevent the spread.
But face masks also show your neighbor that you care about them and everyone around you. Instead of seeing face masks as a nuisance, wear it as a badge of honor — a symbol of your love for humanity. Instead of being bothered by the breathability of your face mask, remind yourself of the natural positive hormesis that occurs when your lungs work a little harder. Instead of feeling awkward talking through a mask, use it as a reason to be extra friendly to your neighbor, who desperately needs a warm interaction to brighten their day.
I look forward to seeing you wear your face mask the next time you are out in town. I will be wearing mine.
Anita Wang, MD, FACEP, is a board-certified ER doctor of over 30 years and owner of the Laguna Beach wellness clinic Wellness, Longevity and Aesthetics. More about Dr. Anita at anitawangmd.com or 949-734-0580.
Dr. Anita is also a supporting member of FaceMasks4All, an effort run by several local small businesses to build a stockpile of 24,000 facemasks — one for each Laguna Beach resident.