Encourage Every Citizen to Participate in the Mask2May Campaign

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I'm in.  I will wear a mask.

I will commit to wearing a mask until May 1, and support the president's campaign to get Americans to take the easiest personal action one can take.

I believe the science, and I know that I have a role in helping to combat this pandemic.

To slow the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends almost all healthy kids and adults wear a mask, except for children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

"On the first day I’m inaugurated, I’m going to ask the public for 100 days to mask,” - President-elect Joe Biden

Experts say that if 95% of Americans wear masks between now and December, we can save almost 70,000 lives. Joe has called on every American to wear a mask when they are around people outside their household.

The top reasons for wearing a mask?

When you ask people why they wear their mask or cloth face covering, you get lots of different answers, and with good reason. We are all individuals living in different circumstances. The good news is that any reason is the right reason to wear a mask. Here are the top responses to the question, “Why do you mask?”

To keep myself well. People often say things like, “I can’t afford to get sick.” Which is true. No one can afford to get sick with a potentially fatal disease. Even a few weeks of illness creates huge inconveniences and financial distress for many. While we know that masks actually protect people who come into contact with the wearer more than the wearer themselves, wearing a mask sets a good example and encourages others to wear masks too. That means everyone is less likely to get ill.

To keep my friends and neighbors safe. That’s right. Your mask protects others from any infection you may be unknowingly carrying. It protects anyone that you come into contact with, including grocery store workers, fellow shoppers, family, and friends. Many note that they wear their masks particularly to protect the most vulnerable people in our communities, including the elderly and those with conditions that put them at higher risk.

It is so easy. Wearing a mask, for most people, is as easy a thing as could possibly be accomplished. It is a small thing that makes a big difference. If you’re having difficulty finding a mask, a handkerchief or other improvised face covering is better than nothing.

It’s a form of self-expression. For those artistic folks among us, a mask presents a whole new opportunity to introduce fun colors and patterns to their wardrobe.

For healthcare workers and first responders.  Even if you never come into direct contact with a hospital worker or first responder, your mask shows them you care. You are keeping them safe by limiting the spread of illness in your community. We appreciate it!

To get back to business. Right on. The more people wear masks, the fewer cases there will be. And when cases are fewer, we can get back to doing the things that make our lives healthy and productive, like going back to work and back to school. We’ll also have easier access to the services we rely on, which is good for our neighbors’ livelihoods and our economy overall.

To get back to fun. Masks lessen cases. The more of us wear masks, the sooner we will be able to do things like visit friends, go to movies, travel where we want, and eat out safely. It’s a way to show your support for good times ahead.

Showing yourself in your mask helps normalize it for people who are still uncomfortable with wearing theirs. Before long, when everyone has a mask on, it’s no longer unusual. You may even stop noticing altogether. Until, you see someone without a mask, which will seem out of place.