At the end of the day, any mask is better than no mask
At the early stages of the pandemic, there were conflicting theories on the efficacy of face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. But now, months into the pandemic, we must all update our understanding as per the latest findings. Right now, without a vaccine or an established cure, our best bet in staving off Covid-19 is still going back to the basics: Wearing face masks, scrupulously washing our hands or using hand sanitizers, and maintaining social distancing protocols.
Nevertheless, we have seen apathy all around, with a lot of people simply refusing to wear face masks. Face masks are available widely and cheaply, and while some are higher quality than others, at the end of the day, any mask is better than no mask, as the coronavirus is transmitted in the form of respiratory droplets.
Kudos to the government, then, for doing something about this indifference. According to Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam, institutions across the board have been told that any refusal to wear a mask is unacceptable. Quite simply: No mask, no service.
All government and private offices have been instructed to put up messages to that effect. Most importantly, perhaps, imams have been asked to spread the message of the necessity of masks. Religious leaders command great authority over much of the population, and a message from them could go a long way.
Back in March, Covid-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Since then, life has changed completely, with many of our freedoms curbed, so it is understandable that many feel an urgency for a return to normal. But with countries around the world bracing for a second wave, and still-climbing global death toll, now is not yet the time to let down our guard.