You may not work in an area where your breathing isn't a problem, but a lot of us work where this is a very serious issue. I am a teacher and am regularly exposed to anything a teenage kid may have. Kids sneeze, kids have runny noses, kids aren't always the cleanest of people when it comes to a runny nose. Kids get hands all over everything. We have to lean in relatively close when helping students at times. It also seems they are quite a carrier of any kind of general sickness and this is one that still isn't well known and possible treatments developed. Same thing went on with any variety of diseases over the decades. Now for this current problem. Perhaps you missed just how many people died in a month and a half. If general flu took that many people you would see a similar situation... in fact that is exactly what you are seeing. Do I need to panic? No. Do I need to realize as much as possible about transmission of this disease? You bet I do. I'm 66, I figure I can survive being infected, but there don't seem to be too many guarantees. Now when there are relatively effective treatments that increase odds of survival things can be a lot more relaxed. Right now if I get flu, which I did in February, I'm down for a week with some meds and the week off is to get past being contagious and get rid of the fever. We have to stay out as teachers, we are to go 24 hours fever free before returning to school because of the contagious nature of those sorts of illnesses and the proximity of people in the halls and classroom. It is the people who ignore the necessity to avoid affecting others that is the problem. Too often they are the ones passing around the bacteria and viruses. That is why the mask. Right now it just makes sense. If it reduces chances 50% I'll do it. Again kind of like wearing a helmet. Odds are high that I don't need one, but if I do I think I want to have a good full coverage. Doesn't make me a fear monger or coward. As for protection, I need it because if people like you should contract this virus and are glad to spew it about I need to try to stay healthy as I can. If that means I slap on a cloth mask to try to knock out as much of your broadcast sputum I guess I have to do it. Being around about 100 kids a day, good chance I'm wearing a mask and using a lot of hand sanitizer next year. If it weren't for the fact that the sick are overwhelming hospitals I'd say let people do what they want. Would you sign off your access to emergency treatment before you go back to crowded bars, beaches, restaurants, races, concerts, sports events, would you be so willing? You go to the races and sign a waver of life saving support if you contract Covid. Willing to take that chance now? Maybe promoters should consider having face mask/temperature zones and non-face mask zones, that way you can exercise your rights to go without while I have the right to not be exposed for now. Not everyone. I personally am about knowing what makes sense to do and not do. We didn't panic and hoard toilet paper and paper towels, hand sanitizer and bleach, or run out to buy more guns. I saw what not doing anything did in New York and now I'm seeing what trying to use some safety gear here in Columbus Ohio has done - or not done. Seems we don't have the New York/Detroit problems. Main difference was calm approach to doing what was needed to gain what control was possible over the spread of the virus. So we wear masks, so we try to sanitize hands rather frequently. I don't understand why people who claim to have "common sense" and all, ignore risk and benefit. Of course I've not understood it for decades - helmet use. This isn't a new situation by any means. With what is known I have no understanding of why people wouldn't take the opportunity to cut chances of ending up in the hospital or dying from not wearing a face mask or helmet when it has demonstrated far more value than not wearing them. Same kind of situation. But I guess I do understand there are always those who rationalize it all away and call us cowards. I guess they can let natural selection take its course - but then again part of natural selection is taking advantage of what is available to be safe. And I know what I think will help. I'm not planning to be in the running for the Darwin award in the near future. I am not happy about not being able to go out to dinner and I'm not sure how it's going to pan out, but I'm not going into some restaurant where the ventilation blows down to the floor spreading whatever anyone coughs out all around the area while there is a virtually untreatable debilitating disease spreading about. I am also going to be wary about going in stores and all. We just looked at what made sense and have done it. How to minimize our risks. I hate that there are so many people who have lost jobs, although it seems there are other possibilities for some. I am not happy that the money needed hasn't gone to those who are out of work not by choice. Issuing checks to everyone wasn't the way to do it. I gave my $1200 to the Mid Ohio Foodbank to help anyone out of work. To me it isn't charity it is a correction in where the money should be going. It is helping when someone needs help. When someone applies for unemployment they should get a check in two weeks while being checked out for approval. Maybe have a set up where the unemployment is paid out through the employer with the responsibility for legal dispersal being on the employer to stop fraud. They pay the laid off workers, the unemployment agency verifies the employer is doing the work legitimately. I am optimistic that there will be a way to lessen suffering and death rate in reasonably short order, but until then I'm not going out and "blasting around without a helmet"... if you know what I mean. One thing that does make it sufferable is the ability to throw on the helmet and go for a ride without any concerns beyond what have always been involved in riding.