In yet another medically incomprehensible moment, a woman in the new Trader Joe’s in North Hollywood, California, walked into the store on opening day and tried to make a statement by not wearing a mask.
Medical experts agree unilaterally that donning a covering, any covering, over one’s mouth and nose while out in public can help prevent someone else from getting sick if the wearer is infected with coronavirus and doesn’t know it.
This woman was eventually shown the Trader Joe’s door, but not before several rants.
Health experts understand some of the antipathy but urge people to consider that the benefits to fellow humans far outweigh any affronts to ego, and that the potential to save a life speaks for itself.
“We’re all hopeful that this pandemic disappears,” Dr. David Aronoff, director of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Division of Infectious Diseases and professor of medicine, told CNN last month. “Then we can stop doing as much risk mitigation. But for now, we really depend on the trust and kindness of others to protect our well-being. And that’s part of being an American.”