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by spark plug spark plug (New) New Student

The only two stores that I go to are the grocery store and the gas station. People are not wearing a mask or gloves.

I asked one man at a grocery store, (who wasn't wearing a mask or gloves), "Aren't you scared about getting the coronavirus?" He said, "No, I've been to two other countries and haven't caught anything."

Then I see parents in the grocery stores with their child in the seat and they're holding onto the handle, and I was thinking, I hope that child will not catch anything. What are these people thinking?

I wish the president would say that everybody entering a store, gas station, & etc. has to wear a mask and gloves to enter. It is these people who are going to spread it to someone, and then that person spreads it to so and so, and on and on. This just showed me all these people that do not wear a mask do not care about children or the elderly. There are a lot of people in this world that don't care and I've seen it. SHAME ON THEM!!

I want to get back to socializing. I can't even go to church and be with my church family because of this virus. I miss being around them. I also miss being around my grandbabies and all my loved ones and friends.

My anxiety is through the roof! When I do go to these two places, I just get out start walking into the store like always and think, "Oh my gloves and my mask." Then I start talking to God, and say "Please DEAR LORD let people listen about wearing gloves and masks so other people don't get it and die."

We need to get this pandemic taken care of. I just think it should be mandatory for everybody that goes to the stores, gas stations, etc. to wear masks and gloves. And maybe we can get this thing under control and go back to a normal life.

I feel sorry for people out of work. Because some of them don't have the money for their bills. I'm sure it's been like a small vacation for them, but I would like for them to get back to their jobs and get the economy going again, so everybody is paying their bills correctly and not worrying.

HEROES, KEEP STAYING SAFE. NURSES, DOCTORS, & FRONTLINERS, YOU ARE THE BEST!! MAY GOD KEEP YOU SAFE FROM THIS PANDEMIC.

You deserve a wonderful vacation to wherever you want.

Small prayer... Please dear Lord Will you keep my brother safe as he is really in the front lines in the hospitals not just one but a few because he is a director of them. And he has diabetes. Keep you're umbrella over him so that he is safe. AMEN!

I hope that soon the president will make everybody wear gloves and mask until this virus is over.

THANK YOU!!


EDITED TO ADD

I found out that the President said the Coronavirus Committee recommended that everyone should wear masks in public and that it is up to the Governor of each state to make sure that this happens.

I don't think we are ready to open up businesses because people are not wearing masks. I know people need their money, and I miss going in restaurants, grocery stores, etc. without having to wear my mask.

Please, everyone, be careful!

This should be a wake-up call for the United States of America. None of us were prepared for this deadly virus.

I guarantee I will be stocking up on all kinds for items and be ready.

Just like we have to be ready and get our tornado precautions together during tornado season. Please businesses, I hope they do like everything they are supposed to so that we may not continue to spread this virus around. Good luck businesses I'm glad that you are getting to open. I'm just scared that it will still spread.

Everyone be safe and God bless you!

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

Masks I can see. But the way the general public is wearing gloves does nothing to protect themselves or others. They are wearing the gloves at all times- handling food, putting it back on the shelf, touching raw meat packages, touching their face, touching things at home with bare hands that those dirty gloves hands touched, etc. In healthcare we know, discard gloves after each individual task. In this case, the gloves are a fomite and a false sense of security. And from what I’ve seen in parking lots, litter. Now, my local grocery store is sanitizing carts after use. You pick up from the clean side and return to the dirty side, and there is someone there at all times to make sure used carts don’t go back in the clean side.

You should see all the discarded gloves and masks around my apartment building. More than the dirty diapers, fast food trash, and beer cans that usually decorate the property.

A Hit With The Ladies, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psych. Has 5 years experience.

This is America, not North Korea, not Saudi Arabia. When the government goes around dictating what people must wear in public, we are no longer a free country but a totalitarian one.

Here in Houston, this twentysomething county judge said she'd impose a $1000 fine if people weren't wearing masks in public. Thankfully, the police said they wouldn't levy the fine. I hope our governor just overrides her and says "no fines at all" already. We don't have to all go Bubble Boy to cater to hypochondriacs in our society.

hppygr8ful, ASN, RN, EMT-I

Specializes in Psych, Addictions, SOL (Student of Life). Has 19 years experience.

As a Libertarian I resent the government interfering in the lives of law abiding citizens. That being said I wear a mask to prevent exposure to myself and the people I care about. I have been exposed and am currently trying to get a COVID test. The incredible circus act I am going through is incredible.

However my major pet peeve is people wearing gloves in public to shop or to the gas station. Unless you are changing you glove every time you touch something it's useless because you are not really protecting yourself because when you touch something with gloves then pick up something else you are still cross contaminating and bring the germ back to your home. Nurses should know this an be an example to the public

https://health.clevelandclinic.org/why-you-shouldnt-wear-gloves-to-the-grocery-store/

Hppy

adventure_rn, BSN

Specializes in NICU, PICU.

Apparently they've tried mandating masks as businesses reopened in some cities, and they've had to revoke the mandate because cashiers and restaurants hosts have been getting death threats (I.e. coming back and shooting up the store). IMO, those people need to be thrown in jail.

I doubt mask mandates would fly in most parts of our country (because "this is 'Merica!"), but I really think they should.

5 hours ago, A Hit With The Ladies said:

This is America, not North Korea, not Saudi Arabia. When the government goes around dictating what people must wear in public, we are no longer a free country but a totalitarian one.

I disagree. They aren't forcing anybody to wear a mask; they're setting parameters that people have to abide by to protect others if they want to go back to their business.

Surgical masks do very little to protect the wearer from the virus, but they do protect the people others around the wearer because it prevents the wearer from unknowingly spreading the virus. It's all fine and good if you don't to wear a mask because you don't feel like it. However, you, possibly as an asymptomatic carrier, could breathe on the immunocompromised little old lady at the grocery store (even if she is wearing a mask) and still get her sick. Your decisions affect the health and safety of others.

To me, it's equivalent to mandating that all kids need vaccines in order to attend public school, or mandating that you can't drink and drive. The government doesn't force you to do either; they give you a choice. You can choose not to vaccinate your kid, or you can choose home schooling/private school. You can choose to drink or you can choose to drive.

You should have the choice to go out with a mask (and protect the most vulnerable people in our population) or choose to stay home.

Granted, @A Hit With The Ladies, I know from your prior posts you think this is just "killing off the weakest" and "culling the herd;" I'm guessing you may not feel any personal responsibility for the well-being of the little old lady at the grocery store because her death is inevitable anyway...

Edited by adventure_rn

InTheLongRun

Has 15 years experience.

5 hours ago, caliotter3 said:

You should see all the discarded gloves and masks around my apartment building. More than the dirty diapers, fast food trash, and beer cans that usually decorate the property.

It's like they couldn't care less that sanitation workers and apt employees have gotten infected having to clean up trash let alone this stuff.

A Hit With The Ladies, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psych. Has 5 years experience.

58 minutes ago, adventure_rn said:

Apparently they've tried mandating masks as businesses reopened in some cities, and they've had to revoke the mandate because cashiers and restaurants hosts have been getting death threats (I.e. coming back and shooting up the store). IMO, those people need to be thrown in jail.

I doubt mask mandates would fly in most parts of our country (because "this is 'Merica!"), but I really think they should.

I disagree. They aren't forcing anybody to wear a mask; they're setting parameters that people have to abide by to protect others if they want to go back to their business.

Surgical masks do very little to protect the wearer from the virus, but they do protect the people others around the wearer because it prevents the wearer from unknowingly spreading the virus. It's all fine and good if you don't to wear a mask because you don't feel like it. However, you, possibly as an asymptomatic carrier, could breathe on the immunocompromised little old lady at the grocery store (even if she is wearing a mask) and still get her sick. Your decisions affect the health and safety of others.

To me, it's equivalent to mandating that all kids need vaccines in order to attend public school, or mandating that you can't drink and drive. The government doesn't force you to do either; they give you a choice. You can choose not to vaccinate your kid, or you can choose home schooling/private school. You can choose to drink or you can choose to drive.

You should have the choice to go out with a mask (and protect the most vulnerable people in our population) or choose to stay home.

Granted, @A Hit With The Ladies, I know from your prior posts you think this is just "killing off the weakest" and "culling the herd;" I'm guessing you may not feel any personal responsibility for the well-being of the little old lady at the grocery store because her death is inevitable anyway...

A false equivalence. You not wearing a mask is nowhere near as dangerous to the public as drinking and driving. Enough is enough. We cannot keep catering to the rest of society forever. By next month people will stop wearing masks altogether. Which is great in my book. This is the land of the FREE and if you want to wear a mask for the rest of your life that is your choice. Individual liberty is sacrosanct here.

InTheLongRun

Has 15 years experience.

12 minutes ago, A Hit With The Ladies said:

A false equivalence. You not wearing a mask is nowhere near as dangerous to the public as drinking and driving. Enough is enough. We cannot keep catering to the rest of society forever. By next month people will stop wearing masks altogether. Which is great in my book. This is the land of the FREE and if you want to wear a mask for the rest of your life that is your choice. Individual liberty is sacrosanct here. 

I just have to ask, are you in the funeral services industry?

A Hit With The Ladies, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psych. Has 5 years experience.

Nope, just an RN who believes in the American value of individual liberty.

adventure_rn, BSN

Specializes in NICU, PICU.

Just now, A Hit With The Ladies said:

Nope, just an RN who believes in the American value of individual liberty.

...over the well-being of our most vulnerable members of society...

A Hit With The Ladies, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psych. Has 5 years experience.

You are free to wear a mask or whatever else YOU want. Go around telling others what to wear and what to do, and you're going to have a few expletive-laden words thrown right back at ya.

InTheLongRun

Has 15 years experience.

31 minutes ago, A Hit With The Ladies said:

You are free to wear a mask or whatever else YOU want. Go around telling others what to wear and what to do, and you're going to have a few expletive-laden words thrown right back at ya.

Hmmm. I don't think that's what Patrick Henry meant when he said "Give Me Liberty or Give me Death" to King James .

InTheLongRun

Has 15 years experience.

1 hour ago, adventure_rn said:

Granted, @A Hit With The Ladies, I know from your prior posts you think this is just "killing off the weakest" and "culling the herd;" I'm guessing you may not feel any personal responsibility for the well-being of the little old lady at the grocery store because her death is inevitable anyway... 

I see things like that and I often feel this country is just cursed.

Also, if people had spent any time in Elmhurst Queens, the original epicenter in NY it would put to bed this myth that only little old folks, or obese trainwrecks are the only one's getting sick and dying. it is a first and second generation hub filled with people from India, Pakistan and South America. They aren't overweight and hypertensive; they're vegetarian, or predominantly so and they probably walked more in a week than most burbians do in six months.

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adventure_rn, BSN

Specializes in NICU, PICU.

46 minutes ago, InTheLongRun said:

I see things like that and I often feel this country is just cursed.

Also, if people had spent any time in Elmhurst Queens, the original epicenter in NY it would put to bed this myth that only little old folks, or obese trainwrecks are the only one's getting sick and dying. it is a first and second generation hub filled with people from India, Pakistan and South America. They aren't overweight and hypertensive; they're vegetarian, or predominantly so and they probably walked more in a week than most burbians do in six months.

Yeah, I honestly think that the people who are most vulnerable are the people with 'essential,' often lower-paying jobs. They're the ones seeing hundreds of people a day, and they have even fewer protections than nurses. (They also tend to have more comorbid conditions related to living circumstances, rely more on public transit, have fewer PTO/sick days, worse access to healthcare, and many other things that put them at higher risk). However, I like the little old lady example because it's more tangible and empathic; if these people don't care about the well-being of a little old lady, they definitely aren't going to care about the well-being of poor people...

Seriously, if you're going to go to the grocery store or get a hair cut, I don't get what the fuss is about. You are putting your hairdresser/cashier/whoever at much higher risk without one. Putting on a mask takes two seconds and can literally save someone's life. Refusing to do so because of a minor discomfort, or just out of principle, seems so selfish.

I'm all for re-opening the economy and allowing people to patronize businesses, but if we're going to do it, we need to do it safely. Masks are a cheap, easy way to protect people. I don't understand why people get so fired up about it; they're asking you to put on a mask, not denounce your religion and sacrifice your first-born child. Get a grip. 🙄

InTheLongRun

Has 15 years experience.

1 hour ago, A Hit With The Ladies said:

King James? You mean King George, right?

Technically it was given to the Second Virginia Convention in St. John's Church in Richmond, but yes, you are correct.

InTheLongRun

Has 15 years experience.

1 hour ago, adventure_rn said:

Yeah, I honestly think that the people who are most vulnerable are the people with 'essential,' often lower-paying jobs. They're the ones seeing hundreds of people a day, and they have even fewer protections than nurses. (They also tend to have more comorbid conditions related to living circumstances, rely more on public transit, have fewer PTO/sick days, worse access to healthcare, and many other things that put them at higher risk). However, I like the little old lady example because it's more tangible and empathic; if these people don't care about the well-being of a little old lady, they definitely aren't going to care about the well-being of poor people...

I'm all for re-opening the economy and allowing people to patronize businesses, but if we're going to do it, we need to do it safely. Masks are a cheap, easy way to protect people. I don't understand why people get so fired up about it; they're asking you to put on a mask, not denounce your religion and sacrifice your first-born child. Get a grip. 🙄

Many of the affected in Queens were in solidly middle class jobs with healthy lifestyles. Elmhurst Queens, after all, is not the South Bronx. Certainly public transit would put them in risk of exposure. Yet in many cases the victims were middle-aged folks with decent jobs and no health conditions. Hardly people who were on death's doorstep anyway.

I think people have a way of thinking that only poor people or only old people or only people in bad health .. so therefore I'm safe and why do I need to bother with precautions to keep this from burning through the community.

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