Submitted By: Shirley Sherman
As I wear my colorful masks made for me by friends when in public and wear my “industrial strength” N-95 for my hospice visits, I am struck by the playful reminders of how important the MASK is for ALL of us in the pandemic. I often think about how the 1918 influenza pandemic was dealt with and try to compare as we attempt to ignore it, hurry it up and politicize it! The non-pharmaceutical interventions carried out in 1918 mirror what we are doing now as we patiently wait for the vaccine. Sometimes the “old school” stuff is so much harder to do because we have become so impatient, needing instant gratification.