Notes from the Corona Diary: Facemasks

So, it is now suggested by the CDC hat all Americans wear facemasks, at least in areas where social distancing is not possible. Trump, of course, won’t do it, as the NYT reports:

“With the masks, it is going to be really a voluntary thing,” the president said at the beginning of the daily coronavirus briefing at the White House. “You can do it. You don’t have to do it. I am choosing not to do it. But some people may want to do it, and that’s OK. It may be good. Probably will — they’re making a recommendation. It’s only a recommendation, it’s voluntary.”

“Wearing a face mask as I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens — I don’t know,” he added. “Somehow, I don’t see it for myself.”

Lots of information has appeared online about how to sew your own mask. “Oh great,” says Kelly. “I don’t know how to sew. When I had to sew a name on to my uniform at McDonald’s as a teenager, I ended up sewing the front of the uniform to the back.” She got on Facebook and offered to barter. “Will bake for masks.” Quite a few responses to that!

Anyway, one of the first to respond was Linda at about 10 PM. Kelly promised her bagels and Linda was ecstatic– who wouldn’t be? Fresh bagels are wonderful. In fact, Linda delivered the masks right away. “I left them in your mailbox,” she emailed. Great, we thought, we’ll pick them up in the morning.

The morning came, we got the leashes on the dogs, and headed out. Kelly opened the mailbox. No masks! But there was a nice little note from the mail carrier. “THANK YOU!” it said.

Not sure how we feel about that. Glad at least one member of the federal government is covered.

About Uncomely and Broken

I am a classicist in Sewanee, Tennessee.
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