When I wear a mask to go into the grocery store or the post office, it’s not because I think it protects me from coming down with the coronavirus. I wear it to protect the people around me.
I am lucky to be in a position where I can follow the CDC guidelines to maintain social distancing, practice vigilant hygiene and stay at home for the most part. When I am in the grocery store I am grateful for the measures taken to protect customers and employees as much as possible from exposure to the virus. I wear a mask so I do not defeat the safeguards in place to protect public health. I have no symptoms. But I have not been tested. I cannot guarantee that I am not an asymptomatic carrier. By wearing a mask when I shop, making sure I wash and sanitize my hands before I go to the store, handling as few items on the shelves as possible, and maintaining a six foot distance from my fellow shoppers, I can guarantee I have done my part to protect them and the dedicated store employees serving us. But even more important, I am protecting the people at home where these customers and workers return when they leave the store. It is a very small thing to do but it is my duty to do it.