24. Masking adjustments

Tuesday May 5 2020

As a reminder, everything non-essential is closed. This includes even the megabeast that is Disney World, which has furloughed 43,000 employees. Someone put out a question on FB asking if Disney World would reopen only with a mandatory mask requirement, would people still go. The response was no. One respondent said she could wear a mask for short periods, like grocery trips, but to wear one all day is impractical. Besides, what would the rules be for eating and drinking? Who remembers the 2014 measles outbreak at Disneyland in California? Theme parks are where you go to boost your immune system. You get exposed to freakin’ everything.

Something to consider as businesses are permitted to resume over the next few weeks. I can barely get through a Kroger trip with the mask on. This has every indication we’re in this for the long haul. I’m hoping for the availability of more comfortable masks, although I don’t really know what that would look like.

Not digging the elastic straps hooked to my ears, but I especially can’t stand how tight my fabric mask fits over my mouth. By the time I’ve paid for the week’s groceries, the mask is soggy, glasses are fogged, and my anxiety is hitting an uncomfortable level by having this thing pressed against my moneymaker. 

Don tells me our friends Fred and Jackie in Indiana had COVID last month. He didn’t get details, but thinks they weren’t hospitalized. Both recovered and are back to running their Packard parts business. So now I can say I know someone who had the virus.

Still, it all feels an arm’s length away. I don’t know much about how the virus affected them. Are they still feeling the effects that others have reported, such as extreme fatigue, loss of smell and taste? How long were they sick and how bad? They are really more Don’s friends than mine, so I’m not going to call Jackie to ask these questions. Besides, I don’t call anyone. I have a strong aversion for talking on the phone. It’s a thing.

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