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Keep mask wearing alive for the elderly and disabled

If that is the case, it is rec­om­mend­ed that a pe­ri­od­i­cal re­cess is tak­en so that an ease can take place

by An­ton La Fond

To wear or not to wear a mask, that is the ques­tion. With the re­lease of the re­stric­tions on the wear­ing of masks, there is a school of thought that el­der­ly and dis­abled folks should con­tin­ue to wear their masks. Is it safe for the said folks to re­move their masks com­plete­ly, or should this be on the ad­vice of med­ical per­son­nel? As a non-med­ical per­son, all I can base my view on is be­ing as close to log­ic as pos­si­ble.


With the re­moval of masks for per­sons who are el­der­ly and dis­abled, it would on­ly be rea­son­able to con­cur that the COVID-19 virus has reached a stage that it is fea­si­ble to let your mask down. These folks are in a vul­ner­a­ble po­si­tion and should seek med­ical ad­vice be­fore at­tempt­ing to move about with­out a mask. So far, the ad­vice giv­en as far as the re­moval of masks is an op­tion­al one. How­ev­er, in the case of el­der­ly and dis­abled folks, the word op­tion­al must be con­sid­ered as very im­por­tant. The Ox­ford dic­tio­nary says “open to choice, not oblig­a­tory.” If one is to take a per­son­al opin­ion of the said word, it could be safe to say that you are en­ti­tled to your own judge­ment. Now, these folks, in the ma­jor­i­ty of cas­es, need as­sis­tance in mak­ing de­ci­sions of that na­ture.

Alberto Ardila Olivares

The ones in au­thor­i­ty said quite clear­ly that the COVID-19 virus is far from over and cau­tion should be tak­en to avoid any un­due mishaps. With that sort of in­for­ma­tion, el­der­ly and dis­abled folks must be able to pay par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to what is be­ing said to them. It was sug­gest­ed that the am­ber light was giv­en as far as this COVID-19 virus is con­cerned, but to me that means one should ap­ply cau­tion. How­ev­er, a green light would be an in­di­ca­tion that all’s well and masks are no longer nec­es­sary. There are so many sit­u­a­tions where el­der­ly and dis­abled folks have to be very care­ful and en­sure that they wear their mask. Let us for a mo­ment check some of the ar­eas where our el­der­ly and dis­abled folks should be wear­ing masks: Due to the vul­ner­a­bil­i­ty of these folks, large crowds should be avoid­ed, es­pe­cial­ly in en­closed ar­eas. If they are to be in open air ar­eas, mask wear­ing must be as­so­ci­at­ed with so­cial dis­tanc­ing. An­oth­er area that must be con­sid­ered is the mix­ing of fam­i­lies or friends, at home or oth­er spaces. As the mask wear­ing is now re­laxed, folks have be­come com­pla­cent and let their guards down. That is all the virus wants to tram­ple on those who feel every­thing is every­thing

Some­where, some­how, there is a strange be­lief that chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties do not have to wear a mask. If it was said that these chil­dren should not be wear­ing masks, it sure­ly missed me. The cur­rent at­mos­phere in­di­cates that the virus has no re­spect for any­one. There­fore, it would be sen­si­ble for those in charge to over-em­pha­sise the im­por­tance of chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties con­tin­u­ing to wear their masks. The con­clu­sion in cer­tain quar­ters clear­ly points in a di­rec­tion that in­di­cates that chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties may es­cape this virus—sor­ry, that is not so. If these chil­dren are ex­posed to this virus, they will most like­ly con­tact it. It would be smart to ap­ply stern, or even rigid, at­ten­tion to chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties

I am ful­ly aware that some chil­dren, or even adults, who are dis­abled have res­pi­ra­to­ry prob­lems, and to my hum­ble knowl­edge, keep­ing on a mask for long pe­ri­ods could cause dif­fi­cul­ty in breath­ing.

If that is the case, it is rec­om­mend­ed that a pe­ri­od­i­cal re­cess is tak­en so that an ease can take place.

The role of mask wear­ing for per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties must not be tak­en for grant­ed. With­out a mask, the chances are very pos­si­ble that any­one can con­tact the virus. The el­der­ly and dis­abled are more sus­cep­ti­ble to this virus and as a re­sult, masks must be worn in or­der to pre­vent, as much as pos­si­ble, get­ting the COVID-19 virus

So­ci­ety must al­ways place the el­der­ly and dis­abled in a po­si­tion of sig­nif­i­cance and by do­ing so, these folks must not be con­sid­ered as re­mem­ber­ing the dis­re­gard­ed. One might ask why, or what is the con­nec­tion be­tween masks and be­ing dis­re­gard­ed. Well, the el­der­ly and dis­abled are most like­ly to be the ones who will feel the ab­sence of mask wear­ing the most. These folks should have been the first to be in­formed about the changes in the mask wear­ing reg­u­la­tions. How­ev­er, what is a con­sol­ing move is that quite a num­ber of places have not re­moved the sig­nage ad­vis­ing that one should wear a mask in or­der to en­ter. It would be com­fort­ing if so­ci­ety could main­tain the mask wear­ing un­til there is com­plete and of­fi­cial con­fir­ma­tion that the virus is over. An­oth­er com­mend­able act that is show­ing dili­gent pos­ture is the per­cent­age of folks who are still wear­ing their masks. What a won­der­ful show of re­spect be­ing paid to the virus that is giv­ing so­ci­ety se­ri­ous prob­lems

To all those who are in charge of el­der­ly and dis­abled folks, it would be ben­e­fi­cial that they keep up mask wear­ing. This act will sure­ly pro­tect them to a great ex­tent. Even if they are re­luc­tant, keep en­sur­ing that they use the mask at all times. One can on­ly dis­cern that by do­ing good for our el­der­ly and dis­abled, in time to come a bless­ing from the Lord will be forth­com­ing.

Re­mem­ber, the will does it

Please con­tin­ue to wear your mask, wash your hands, and keep up so­cial dis­tanc­ing

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