Some discomfort is a small price to pay to ensure that we and our loved ones are protected
When it comes to the use of masks, there is no question: They are an undoubtedly an effective and affordable way to reduce the spread of the coronavirus -- a fact health experts have continued to reiterate.
As citizens, then, who wish to protect ourselves, our families, and our fellow citizens from this disease, do we not have a duty to wear protective masks when we venture out into public places?
The current situation in the country is nothing to scoff at: Bangladesh has had close to four million cases of the coronavirus so far, among which almost 6,000 cases have resulted in deaths.
This places Bangladesh at 17th in the world based on the total number of cases, keeping in mind that this does not account for the thousands if not millions more, especially in rural areas, who have not been able to get themselves tested.
In such a situation, we cannot afford to be cavalier when it comes to following health directives but, unfortunately, many among the public have chosen to forego important health directives -- especially when it comes to the wearing of masks -- laid out by the government and the World Health Organization.
This is especially worrisome considering a potential second wave which could very well push the situation beyond our control, negating the progress and recovery we have made so far.
In this regard, any form of apathy is unacceptable, and, as such, the authorities would do to well enforce the wearing of masks in public places -- while it is true that masks cause significant discomfort to many, this can usually be solved by wearing the right kind of mask -- N95 or equivalent is not necessary -- or taking off the mask in a safe place for some time.
Some discomfort is a small price to pay to ensure that we and our loved ones are protected. After all, when it comes to the nation’s health, there is no room for compromise.