I work in healthcare. I go in everyday to work. I wear a mask everyday, all day. I have no issue wearing the mask despite the extreme heat the past week in New York City. In the very beginning of the pandemic, I wore the N95 mask while walking to work for 35 minutes. By the time I got to work, I was near passing out. Nowadays, I wear just a regular surgical mask while walking to and from work. Even with the sweat accumulating and dripping inside the mask. It ain’t easy. But all this to say I have no issue with wearing a mask.
Even with that mindset, there are days where I get into the elevator and have to run back because I forgot to put on a mask. It’s tiring to wear one day in and day out. And, thus we see so many people do that “oops, got to run back to get my mask” dance. It’s an amusing thing to see happen in real time. That moment of fearful realization that one us violating a new societal norm.
Because of that, I now just stuff masks in random pockets and bags just in case. Before I used to always carry lipstick, extra shoes, and an umbrella just in case. Now, it’s masks, hand sanitizer and occasional gloves. What a life we lead.