Masks: the unintentional catfishing device

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These masks are also the cause of my glasses being foggy 24/7.

Taylor Thompson, Staff Writer

In today’s world, seeing someone without a mask is less common than seeing someone with one. These pieces of fabric that cover the lower half of our faces have become a staple item in our lives. It’s so odd to think about how much everyone’s lives could change in a mere five months. Before this coronavirus pandemic, people weren’t worried about giving their friends hi-fives or being a little too close to someone. Now, whenever someone brushes my hand, I feel the urge to put on hand sanitizer. Sometimes I even catch myself thinking about how people shouldn’t be touching on TV shows because that is how my brain is now wired to think, because for the past five months, that’s what has been drilled into our minds.

While having a legitimate reason for people not to be in my personal space is nice, having to wear masks all day at school and other places is tough. Before coming back to school, I have had to wear a mask at work for many months. However, that was only four hours a day every other day, wearing a mask for six hours straight five days a week is another story. While I know we wear them to protect ourselves and each other, I often catch myself wishing to be free from breathing in my own hot recycled air. I am counting the days until we are free from this filtered prison, we must reside in. At least at school the classrooms are kept at a nice, almost freezing, temperature so the masks are slightly more bearable. Coming home after a long day of school and being able tear off my mask and breathe fresh air has honestly become one of the highlights of my day. I wonder though what it will be like when we are able to go out in public without them, how many people will still be wearing masks even when it isn’t mandatory and if we will now look strange to simply show our entire face. Similarly, what are we going to do with all of the masks we have accumulated in the past five months? Maybe we’ll save them just in case there’s another pandemic. I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it, but for now, they are helping to keep us safe from this dangerous virus that is plaguing the earth.