The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted our wardrobes and lifestyles. Our wardrobe expanded to include face garments, masks. In efforts to remain safe and healthy, health officials recommended wearing masks when outside of the home. The discussion of wearing a mask is often debated and sometimes questioned.
During a review of photos on my cell, I noted a photograph of my mother. The picture was of my mother at a doctor’s appointment in January of 2018. She had on her jacket, hat and face mask. Prior to coronavirus, masks were included with my home medical supplies. After receiving medical advice in 2008, regarding the risks of her developing serious medical complications from the flu or common virus, I implementing procedures to enhance her safety during the yearly influenza seasons. The procedures included obtaining her annual influenza vaccination, limiting her exposure to individuals in large gatherings; requesting flu shots for those directly involved with her care; and wearing a mask while in areas of high risk.
After the public announcement that the coronavirus was confirmed in the United States, individuals having direct contact with my mother, were required to wear masks. After the confirmation of COVID-19 in my area, no one was allowed in the room with my mother un-masked.
The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) indicated that face coverings help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (CDC calls on Americans to wear masks to prevent COVID-19 spread | CDC Online Newsroom | CDC) . On the limited cases that my mother or I leave the home, we are wearing face masks, and protective face shields. As a committed caregiver, I willingly adhere to CDC recommendations and faithfully employ available measures to prevent the spread of this deadly virus.