Mask Police-Special Task Force Unit

In recent days, I have taken on a new role.  Quite by accident really, but nonetheless I have joined the special task force unit known (only to me) as the Mask Police. 😷 

Allow me to explain.

In case you have been living under a rock for the past 7 or 8 months, you might not be aware that across the globe, we have been grappling with a little thing called a pandemic, namely Covid 19.

While the rest of us muster on facing the challenges to varying degrees of living with Covid hanging, quite literally in the air, there are countless experts working tirelessly trying to figure out the best way in which we can come out of this pandemic with the least amount of casualties.  

Of course there are also groups of nitwits people who feel this is all just a hoax, claiming some sort of conspiracy theory to explain what is going on in the world today.🤔

Forgive me if I have offended you, but when it comes to dealing with a pandemic, I choose to side with science.  I will defer to the experts who have dedicated their lives both through education and hands on service, in an effort to figure these kinds of very complex things out.  

So how, you might ask, did I become part of the special task force known as the Mask Police?

According to the doctors of science, along with a number of experts in this field, it has been suggested that, in addition to ensuring proper washing of our hands, there are two main ports of entry/exit on the human body which case concern with respect to both protecting ourselves from getting the virus, as well as spreading the virus to other humans.  They are the nose and the mouth.

For anyone who doesn’t have a calculator handy and might need one, that equates to two.  

Not One.  Two.

Nose (1) + Mouth (1) = 2

Now I personally don’t think that really sounds all that complicated, or as the experts might say, “it’s not rocket science”.  But apparently for some, it really is.  

Which is where the special task force comes in.

For weeks I have witnessed people wearing masks ineffectively .  For weeks I have remained silent.  But in recent days, with numbers on the rise once again, I have joined the special task force unit of Mask Police.  

I have become that person.  

See the two areas of concern? Count them with me. One. Two.

I respectfully wear my mask correctly covering the two areas of concern when I am supposed to, so when I see you wearing your mask under your nose, I am going to remind you it is only effective when we wear our masks correctly.

If you give me that look of, “I don’t understand,” I am happy to show you as I point to my mouth & my nose.  I invite you to count them with me.

One.  Two.

This photo demonstrates that neither points of entry/exit are covered. Big thumbs down!

When I see you in an aisle of a public store sipping on your take-out coffee with your mask down around your chin, I am going to give you the stink eye politely suggest that your mask is not effective down around your chin.  

Count the problem areas with me.  

One. Two.

Like so many of you, I too, am suffering from COVID fatigue.  I don’t like wearing a mask anymore than you do!

But here’s the thing.  If we don’t comply with the rules, this rotten virus is just going to hang around & it will be a very long time before we are able to share smiles with one another and breathe the virus free air together. 

Our friends in the area of science are working day & night trying to develop a safe vaccine so that the rest of us can finally rip off our masks or dangle it from our ear or wear it as a scarf around our neck without the worry of infecting or being infected from another human being.

Easy Peasy. One. Two.

However, for the foreseeable future, until that happens, just wear the damn mask properly! Two spots people!  Just two!

I shall continue to walk the beat of the special task force unit of Mask Police.  I invite you to join me in politely pointing it out for those who can not count to two.  

Virtual Hugs,

L💕

 

 

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46 Responses to Mask Police-Special Task Force Unit

  1. Chris Mullett says:

    Love it Lynn! Don’t forget to print some of your blogs for Jodi to read.

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. Deb Patrick says:

    Girl, amen. I have also been giving the stink eye, but keeping my mouth (covered and) shut…but no more. Mitchell’s otherwise healthy middle aged uncle just passed as a direct result of Covid destroying his lungs. This s#@$ is REAL, and anyone who dares to tell me it’s a hoax is gonna get a dirty work boot to a very sensitive place. Well said!!!!

    • Lynn says:

      Oh Deb, I am so, so sorry to hear that. Please pass along my sincere condolences to Mitchell, Meg & Mitchell’s Family.

      I am in constant awe of incredibly selfish and stupid we can be as a human race.

      Be well my friend & welcome to the special force unit💕

  3. Pam says:

    Thank you for siding with science, because our household works in the scientific research field!

  4. I’m with you, Lynn. I don’t understand those fools who keep tempting fate.

  5. Reblogged this on Musings and Wonderings and commented:
    Please wear the mask properly or don’t bother and just stay home!

  6. Love this, Lynn! I saw a women in a store the other day with her mask under her nose (I very seldom go into stores nowadays so I’m sure there are tons like her – I just don’t see them). Instead of saying anything, I just gave her the stink-eye (not sure if those are as effective without the whole face getting into the act) and got out of her way. Next time, I’ll be braver and say something.

    • Lynn says:

      Janis, I used to just give them the stink eye as well but quite honestly, I decided I am doing a disservice to not only myself, but to everyone around me. I am very polite when I say something & am often met with a mutual stink eye but seriously, it’s not that difficult.

      Hope you are doing well my friend. Thanks so much for visiting!💕

  7. Heyjude says:

    Well said Lynn. The way some people wear their masks drive me bonkers! I even saw one woman pull hers down to cough 😩

  8. restlessjo says:

    Not rocket science! Good for you, Lynn 🙂 🙂

  9. Sue Slaght says:

    A good example for all of us Lynn. As you likely know masks are mandatory here. Other than a couple of COVIDIOTS that have gone viral, it seems generally people are cooperating. Next time I see someone with their nose sticking out I’m going to remember you and speak up!

    • Lynn says:

      Thanks Sue. They have been mandatory in Ontario as well for some time but the challenge seems to be understanding how to properly wear one. I was in a large retail chain store today that has a sign prominently posted at the entrance that says we enforce proper wearing of face masks. When I got to the checkout, I looked at the cashier at the checkout next to the one I was in and her mask was below her nose. So much for enforcement🙄.

      I have been hesitant to say anything to people as well but our numbers are slowly climbing and honestly the past few days. I have just felt a need to speak up. It is not always met with warmth but oh well, being on a special task force can be daunting!😂

      Miss you my friend.🤗

  10. Al says:

    Say, who was that masked woman anyway? Why I thought everybody knew, that was the Lone Haranguer.

    Lynn, thanks for haranguing those who willfully defy both science and logic. Stay healthy!

  11. Our local newspaper needs to reprint this post! Excellent! I totally agree! And I wish everyone would wear a mask . . . and properly!

  12. Karen says:

    Lynn. I totally agree!! I have no problem telling people when they are using masks inappropriately. I have become a COVID bitch. Xo

  13. Ann Coleman says:

    I agree, Lynn! Our only hope to save our economy, our lives and our sanity is to wear the masks so that we can go about as much of our normal business as possible. But the masks don’t work if you aren’t actually covering your mouth and nose with them! It annoys me no end when I see people wearing a mask incorrectly. I may end up becoming a member of the mask police myself!!

  14. I agree with you 100%! It makes me so mad when people only wear the mask over their mouth! What are they thinking? If only everyone could get on board and help us get over this pandemic!

  15. Joanne Sisco says:

    I was visiting a Farmer’s Market recently and discovered they had updated all their signage about wearing masks. The new signs say “shop with your eyes not your nose – keep your nose covered at all times”. Underneath my mask I was grinning from ear-to-ear.

    I must say though, I am thoroughly impressed with the new bred of human walking around now that can breathe from its chin. That’s the only explanation I have for those wearing masks below their bottom lip. Why were we not told about this new incredible species?!! Can I too learn how to do this?

    • Lynn says:

      Love the signs posted at the farmer’s market Joanne. Now if only people would read them!🙄

      I agree with your sentiment, there appears to be a whole new breed of species that have evolved through this pandemic! Keep me posted if you happen to figure out the theory behind that one!😂

  16. Oh, Lynn, I hear you. Although I am more inclined to take your crossed out ‘stink eye’ option over politeness. I’ll confess to having the occasional takeaway coffee when out and about but I drink it only when an acceptable social distance from others. Otherwise, I pull up my mask until they pass and then go back to drinking once the path ahead is clear.
    Carry on, Officer Lynn!

    • Lynn says:

      Heather, there appears to be a number of us using the stink eye!😂.

      I too, enjoy the occasional takeout coffee but it seems we suffer from a fad up here where it is hip to carry a takeout coffee while shopping in a store or any public place for that matter. I just don’t get it. So much garbage as a result.

      Hope all is well in your corner of the world!💕

      • One of the things that has made me sad from this pandemic is that we had been making real progress on disposable coffee cups thanks to an ABC series called The War on Waste. I’ve used a KeepCup for years but there was a much bigger take up of reusable cups since the series but of course now with the pandemic, they won’t take a reusable cup so we are back where we started.

        Other than that, we are thankfully seeing our numbers drop after a second wave in the state and we are slowly opening up again. I am most grateful that the Year 12 student son will return to school on site in a week’s time. Remote learning has not been good for him.

      • Lynn says:

        Will have to have a look for that series Heather. Another good one if you haven’t already seen it, is called Back to Earth.

        For a period of time, our grocery stores refused reusable bags & our take out coffee places refused reusable cups. They are now accepting them although with our numbers on the rise, I won’t be surprised if that comes to a stop once again. Hopefully it will only last for a short period of time while we work,our way through our 2nd wave.

        Hope all goes well with your son returning to school. So challenging for them to learn remotely at home and so many things they miss out on.

  17. Susanne says:

    Spot on, lady! I’ll happily join your taskforce. It makes me so furious to see all this BS about people believing liberty is the same thing as not having to do what’s needed to stop the spread of a deadly virus. The lack of sense of responsibility today is heartbreaking. I happily wear my masks (I’m making some cool new ones too) because I want us and people around me to stay healthy and alive and I want this **** to be over as soon as possible.

  18. Good for you, Lynn. We’re big believers in science in our household – James being a geophysicist, and all. 🙂 Here in Lexington, Kentucky, most residents are very conscientious – but the University students are another story. Their sky-rocketing cases have put our county in the red zone. Perhaps you could come here and “walk the beat of the special task force unit of Mask Police.” 🙂 ~Terri

    • Lynn says:

      Terri, I have my hands full up here in southern Ontario so I may need some more recruits😂

      Our university student population have also been big contributors to our growing numbers and we are definitely deep into our 2nd wave. It is all just so exhausting isn’t it?

      Hope you & James are safe & well.💕

  19. Geri Lawhon says:

    My problem is when a store has a mask only sign and does not enforce it.

    • Lynn says:

      Geri, interesting you bring that up. As a semi retirement job, I work in a local ladies shop & have politely asked a few customers to pull their mask up over their nose. Most are apologetic but there are some who are very indignant when you ask. I appreciate that you look for places who actually make an effort to ensure their customers are in the safest environment possible. Thank you so much for visiting & taking the time to comment.💕

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