In Israel, we’ve reached herd immunity for the coronavirus. So many are immune that the virus can’t ‘find’ enough receptive people to spread.
But, we got used to facemasks all too well. We’re very glad to do without them (soon). From halfway next week, we don’t need to use them. Only kids at school should because so many of them are not vaccinated and didn’t get infected. But, could it be too soon, too radical, to discard them?
I’m not criticizing health officials on corona prevention or state policy.
Rather, now we already got used to them (and now they’re left-over, we can buy them 50 for NIS 10, a nickel each), maybe we could still use them?
The bus stop close to my home lies on a very busy street. The air there is not really so healthy to breathe. Also, they are rebuilding the street for the light railway. The air is filled with rock dust from the drilling. It just makes a lot of sense to wear a facemask there to protect your lungs. Just like they do for years already in Asian cities when plagued by smog or air pollution.
This year, the number of flu patients in Israel was zero. Three million flu vaccines awaited us but could be thrown out. Wouldn’t it be smart, every winter, to wear facemasks in crowded places to prevent the flu for us all?
Everybody knows that hospitals are dangerous places. Especially drug-resistant microbes live there. Wouldn’t it be smart if we all, workers, patients, and visitors, would wear facemasks inside hospitals?
Wouldn’t it be smart and logical, from now on, to use facemasks at large-scale happenings like crowded sports tournaments, prayer meetings, etc.?
All this voluntarily. To show we love life and health. Parents to teach kids that in such settings, we show we’re responsible and take life seriously.
And now we’re at it. All honors to people who don’t want a or have no religious tradition to cover their heads when out and about. But, maybe, when the sun burns down at us, let’s use a cover to protect our skin?