With infection rates and even death counts appearing on your local news station every hour, it’s scary when you think about how your stubborn loved one is putting themselves in danger by not wearing a face mask. But what do you do when they won’t wear a face mask for any reason? Here are three reasons that you can give your loved one as to why they should put on a mask when they go out.
Tell Your Loved One How Long COVID-19 Can Live In The Air
According to the Harvard Health Publishing arm of Harvard Medical School, the coronavirus can live in the air for up to three hours. Experts state that the best way to protect against aerosolized coronavirus is to put on a face mask. Not doing so can cause your loved one to contract COVID-19 from an infected person with whom they are in contact.
Tell Your Loved One That Those Without Symptoms Can Spread COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that people who are infected but asymptomatic can still spread COVID-19. Your loved one might think that it’s okay to go about their daily life because they’re “not around people who are sick”. Let them know that there could be some time before the asymptomatic could show symptoms.
Tell Them That Their Risk of Infection Increases As You Age
The CDC has also found that older adults have the highest risk of contracting COVID-19. So while your loved one might be fine today, they could get sick in a very short amount of time.
If Facts Don’t Work
If you talk to your loved one about the facts of COVID-19 transmission and they still won’t listen, just let them know how much you care about them. Tell them that you don’t want their last moments on Earth to be spent gasping for air while attached to a ventilator. That may seem dramatic, but this is the reality of contracting COVID-19. If your relative says that they don’t feel comfortable in face masks, help them find one they would feel at ease in when wearing it. Whatever you have to do to convince your loved one to don a face mask, do it. Not wearing a mask could put themselves and others in danger.
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