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Masks and noses, four years later

_NOTE: I am most assuredly not here to debate the merits of masking, so please don’t bother. _

At this point in the COVID-19 pandemic—nearly four years in—I don’t get why there are still people walking around with masks that don’t cover their noses.

I saw at least three of them at an event earlier today and routinely see this happening when I am out around town.

Early on in the pandemic, I had a bunch of friends who were really wound up about people who did this, snidely passing around jokes about people with their junk hanging out of their pants.

It always felt to me like a case of missing the forest for the trees. Is it better to wear a mask so it covers both your mouth and your nose? Sure, but I felt like it was probably a choice of wearing a mask over just their mouths or not wearing a mask at all; at least they were trying, and covering their mouths was likely doing some good.

At this point, though, I have to think that the only people still wearing masks are those who are really dedicated to the idea of masking. If you’re going to go to the trouble of masking up when you’re out and about, are you not going to bother to wear it properly?

I don’t get it.

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