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Face facts - these masks save lives

Daniela Lamas


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Masked shoppers in Dublin city centre as cases of the virus are on the rise

Masked shoppers in Dublin city centre as cases of the virus are on the rise

Masked shoppers in Dublin city centre as cases of the virus are on the rise

I don't love wearing a mask. I must greet people with my eyes. I find myself yelling to be heard on rounds in the hospital. Small blemishes appear on my chin. Masks are bothersome. But I wear one. And though the mask covers my mouth, it speaks volumes.

It says I recognise we are all interconnected and I am making the choice to protect both myself and others. It also says I understand the ample evidence that masks can limit transmission of airborne illnesses.

In the midst of a pandemic which has left more than 150,000 Americans dead, it is our first line of defence.