In a world of "internet facts", it can be difficult to determine what is true anymore. With everyone and their mother being able to post their opinion online, the sources for good and true information are becoming washed out in the storm of data. How can we tell the difference between a funny meme and useful safety information?
One of the most detrimental things to safety and security in the midst of a pandemic is a lack of clear information. At the beginning of the viral spread, different world organizations were releasing diverging information about the virus and its effects. As a result of the misinformation, many political voices took to their sides to explain that the virus was a ploy to obtain more power or control.
Since the onset, many of the COVID-19 detractors have reversed course and recognize the danger of the pandemic. While not everyone agrees on everything, there are a few things that seem to consistent, no matter the political affiliation.
At the beginning of the pandemic, it was well known that President Trump was staunchly against wearing a mask. While many Southern states still hold to this, President Trump has changed his mind, likely due to wise counsel around him. In a recent tweet, President Trump is seen as calling masks Patriotic.
We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance. There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President! pic.twitter.com/iQOd1whktN— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 20, 2020
As cases per day increase, it will become of increasing importance to wear a mask. Dr. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases as well as an advisor to the president, has been clear about the rise in case numbers. Claiming a potential record of 100,000 new cases per day, things could be getting very bad, very soon.
For the time being, wearing a mask and following social distancing protocol seems to be the best thing that individuals can do to help keep people safe. With many of the authorities aligning on these principles, it is now up to us to follow them. While it is annoying and aggravating to wear a mask in the summer heat, we would want others to follow these protocols if it were us at risk. In a final quote from the president:
“I trust all Americans to do the right thing but we strongly advise everyone to especially, especially focus on maintaining a social distance, maintain a rigorous hygiene, avoid crowded gatherings and indoor bars and wear masks when appropriate,” [Reuters]
Written by Colby Maxwell