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To Mask or Unmask: Does It Really Matter Anymore?

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In February of this year, news about the Covid-19 was making its way to the States.  Overseas it was getting bad, real bad. Mostly for the uncertainty of what we were dealing with or how unstoppable it really was, I knew I had to do something, anything…even if it was just a gesture, or meaningless to stop it. I knew I had to get masks for my family.  Even before there was any worry or need in the states for masks.  I ordered reusable masks for the family!  It took 3 months for me to get them. (In the meantime we used hand-made.) By the time they arrived almost every state had some mandatory or strong suggestions to wear a mask.

To Mask or Unmask It Really Matters

Now, months into the pandemic, there’s a new trend going around: wearing a mask but only the chin is covered.  Not the nose or mouth, just having it over the chin.  Seems silly and useless!  What worries me most is that I keep seeing the people that are in contact with the public doing it the most!

I stopped going to “any” fast food window because of this. Managers and workers alike wearing the mask on their chin!  These are front line people, and in my area, for the past two weeks, Covid-19 positives have quadrupled… the last 3 days over 30,000 new cases in my state.  Some states have seen 100,000 in a 24 hour period.  Why?  Is it only because of the mask? NO.

Truth: is the mask “alone” really going to stop you from getting anything?  I’m not a doctor, but I understand that unless it is a real medical mask N95 type… The only reason for wearing it is to prevent you from getting others sick.

I’m not going to debate the need for a mask.  To wear it is more of a psychological reminder to be safe.  It helps with social distancing and reminds us to take every precaution.  It’s like car or life insurance, it’s not a real need till it is a real need.  Can you go without insurance, sure, doubt that means you’re going to get into a car accident every day.  Same is true with a mask, do you need it every minute of the day? NO, will it save your life, possibly, should you have it, YES!

IF, yes, and IF you can carry Covid-19 (and we know now probably anyone can), but IF you can and you get 1 person sick because you did not have a mask or kept your distance…How can that not affect you knowing you caused someone you know or love to get sick or worse?!  Yes, wearing a mask is an annoyance. It even causes some health concerns with people with respiratory issues. Prolonged mask-wearing causes rash and other facial injuries to some of us. So it’s more than an annoyance.  Not wearing one is slowly becoming less of a choice too.  Wear it, even if you think it does nothing to physically protect you.  It will tell others you care!

I wear my mask for you, I care about you enough to stay away from you. I love you enough that I won’t talk to you or shake your hand.  NOW that is love, to avoid you, so you can live… Because to Mask REALLY Matters.

Why is it Dove Cameron gets it, but some young persons working in the McDonalds’ 24 hours window don’t get it?

To Mask or Unmask: Does It Really Matter Anymore?

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]

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Stewart, C. (2020). To Mask or Unmask: Does It Really Matter Anymore?. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 14, 2020, from


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