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You Don’t Need to wear a Mask – unless…

Only HEALTH CARE WORKERS, SICK PEOPLE, people looking after sick people at home, and if you are also coughing & sneezing NEED wear MASKS.  I don’t know where common sense has gone, perhaps out the window because of fear.  I would imagine it is not healthy for sick people to be wearing masks though – so not sure what that is all about.

I don’t know from whom some governments around the world are taking their advice.  And it seems to change from day to day or week to week.  As individuals and as business people I think we need to become conscious of the type of future and the quality of life we want.  Our children are being molded by our actions today.  What kind of lives do we want them to have?  What unconscious vibes are we transmitting today?

Yes, health awareness and safety is vital but, let’s slow down a little and consider what is really necessary, practical and healthy.  Let’s not jump on bandwagons because of an image we want to project about ourselves or to promote a business image.

Here is the World Health Organisation public video on who NEEDS to wear a mask.

If you are none of the above, wearing a mask can be bad for your own health.  Just think about it, you are repeatedly exhaling and re-inhaling your own breath particles for one thing.

We might want to think of the fear we are engendering into our kids with all this too.

My aunt (RIP) was a nurse, who died long before her time – her early 40s I think.  But, as long as I knew her she was paranoid about germs – paranoid about dust and everything she touched.  She wasn’t born or raised that way – she developed it as a result of her nursing career and it got out of hand.

Here is just a little personal story of how someone else’s phobia can affect a child.

My aunt visited about 3 times a year and the house had to get a thorough going over before her arrival.  Of course she knew more than my mom about health matters.  So, Auntie checked us kids out from top to toe, for every possible problem.  On one of her visits she apparently found something in my hair – lice?  I got an immediate haircut!  Thankfully for me there were no electric razors around in then.

The problem is that it didn’t stop at one haircut.  And I didn’t catch the germ phobia.  But her phobia for MY hair continued every time she visited and severely impacted my self-esteem and body image.  And especially for major events such as first communion, when my friends had lovely long and curly hair – I had my hair cut to just below my ears!

My last dreaded haircut was aged 12.  It seriously affected my self-confidence – there were boys in the school you see and I would soon becoming aware of the difference between us!  I don’t know why I couldn’t voice my objection to the haircuts before then, my parents were not ogres!  But my memory makes me ask what kind of fears and feelings are our children not able to voice today?

I also remember in the 1960s the County Councils distributed a little booklet to every home on what to do if a nuclear bomb fell on Ireland.  Here’s a laugh for you – it suggested we “tape up the windows and hide under the tables”.  I read that booklet from cover to cover and can still remember it today.  I remember the fear it generated in me.  But, what I remember most of all was the fear I felt every night during those years, when I leaned over the balcony and listened to the adults downstairs talking about it and discussing the radio news of the day.

I never told anyone I was afraid.  It just became a part of me.  When I was at home I worried about my grandparents, aunts and uncles. When I was in grandma’s house for holidays I worried about my parents and what would happen if the bomb fell.  Not all day, every day, just every night and the fear became ingrained in my subconscious through the nightly ritual of prayer.  Family prayer at night was the rosary – where we prayed for everyone we knew by name, for them to be safe.  For them to be safe implied to me they must be in some kind of danger.  Sound crazy?  Well, that was my reality

We need to get a grip on the fear.  Not just pretend to.  We need to really lose it.  We need to stop or curtail as much as possible the outward displays of fear.  Wearing a face mask when it is not necessary is expressing fear.  The 2 meter rule is unworkable and ridiculous in schools, restaurants, bars etc,  As humans we need to see each other, we need to touch each other and we need to be close to each other.  Let’s not forget that in our plans for getting back to business, school and living