Well, by now I guess we’ve all gotten used to face masks. But it sure was a weird feeling, wearing a mask in public for the first time. The first time I left my house after lockdown, to do some business in town, the place was almost like a ghost town. I felt a bit like in the beginning of 28 Days Later!
Now, here where I live, the mandatory mask requirements are going to be lifted soon. Good riddance and good bye, fogged up glasses!
But still, if there is one thing I sincerely hope we can learn from the folks in Japan, Korea, etc. then it’s to wear a mask in public places on certain occasions, especially in public transport. Not all the time and on a voluntary basis, but just as a form of courtesy to your fellow humans when you’re feeling sick and/or have the sniffles or a cough.
Washing your hands, coughing and sneezing in your armpit should also be habits we should strive to keep.
Anyway, I’m not an epidemiologist, but my armchair assessment is that just these simple habits would get us halfway there in terms of minimizing the effects of this and future pandemics. Maybe the flu season 2017/18 would not have been as bad if we all had followed those simple rules.
We’ll see. I’m sure things will stay interesting for the coming months and maybe years.