NO!!!! This is not the news we wanted. All of Ada County is now required to wear masks
For some it’s a hit because it means the virus is gaining traction. For others it’s just a part of a bigger dark conspiracy theory.
Personally, I think masks are great. Yesterday I went to the Dollar Tree with my daughter looking like a bank robber! Plus, my warm breathe is like a soothing spa treatment to my face, clearing out my pores or whatever those things are supposed to do!
The Project community has always believed we can have hard conversations and not always agree. It’s okay that we don’t agree. We can learn from each other.
It got real when I read the words of our own medical professionals here in Idaho. I am a bit suspicious of government sometimes, but I don’t think our local hospitals have much to gain by jumping on the fear wagons:
Chris Roth, president and CEO of St. Luke’s Health System, said they have seen a steady increase in coronavirus-related hospital admissions over the last few weeks.
“On June 26, we had 20 COVID-19-related admissions, on July 2 we had 40, on July 7 we had 51, and today we have 77,” Roth said. “We see no change in this trend.”
Healthcare leaders expressed concerns that the increase in hospitalizations could soon overwhelm Idaho’s healthcare system.
“Today is the day to show you the COVID train has left the station,” said Dr. Steven Nemerson, the chief clinical officer for Saint Alphonsus. “Idaho is well on its way to becoming another New York, California, Texas or Arizona.
“But we have the opportunity to turn that train around,” Nemerson added, saying that if everyone wore a face-covering in public, case numbers would drop significantly.
Make sure to read the article about the mask mandate healthcare leaders are asking for here
This got more real to me in the past 10 days or so. One of our team here’s father came down with Covid. I had been with him about a week before he had symptoms. I started to think about what if I had passed it on to my family, co-workers, or friends? It started to get real.
Then yesterday I was talking with a friend. She’s a mom and is worried about going back to school. A friend of her’s was diagnosed with cancer right at the start of the Coronavirus pandemic. She has a couple kids. They are concerned about the exposure her kids have and what they might bring home to her.
So, whether the government requires it or not, for me, I’m going to wear a mask. I know some people may think I’m caving to a conspiracy. I hear you. Some may wish that I would say that if you don’t wear a mask you hate people and want them to die.
I don’t know. All I know is I can do what I can do. All I know is that I can help where I can help. I might be wrong, and if I am, I have sweat a little more than normal. I’ll be okay.
With saying that, I’d love to know your thoughts!