Lifting the Mask Mandate is Dangerous

Lifting the Mask Mandate is Dangerous

Tricia Blackwood, Staff Writer

Governor, Henry McMaster, has been all for reopening the schools, businesses, and all places that have been closed due to the Corona Virus. He also lifted the mask mandate in certain places, and left it up to the business itself whether they wanted customers to wear masks or not. McMaster believes that the closing of businesses and the mask mandate is “ridiculous”. However, is it? We are in the midst of a global pandemic. Since when is taking precautions dangerous?

One of the first things you learn about being in a car, is that you should always buckle your seatbelt before the car begins to move. A seatbelt holds you in your place of the car, and keeps you safe. In case of a tragedy or accident, the seatbelt could potentially save lives. How is wearing a seatbelt any different than wearing a mask? They both protect lives.

A mask will not give you a 100% guarantee that you won’t get the Corona Virus, but there is a very high chance that you will be protected from others germs, and they will be protected from yours. Just as a seatbelt doesn’t give you a 100% chance of survival in an accident, but people still abide the law and wear them. Of course, outliers may believe that it is stupid to wear a mask because of the chance that they still may catch Covid-19, but it would be even more stupid to not take the precaution. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

Lifting the mask mandate will be a huge mistake. Covid-19 is still a thing, and still affecting people in the exact same way, if not worse, than it was in March 2020 when the world shut down completely. Families are still getting sick, and experiencing extreme loss, and people are still constantly fighting for their lives and dying. How could anyone not want to take precautions to protect themselves and others? The masks are currently protecting so many people, yet people are still going through this. Imagine how much worse things are going to be once the mandate completely lifts, and people began to act as if we are not in the midst of a pandemic. This world will be in tragedy, yet again,