Submitted by Autumn Davidson, DVM
I was dismayed to find the woman at the counter of The Thingerie a few days ago not wearing a mask and permitting shoppers without masks to enter, in fact, chatting with them two feet apart. When I politely asked her to wear a mask, she refused, stating she had been tested two weeks before and was negative. Wearing Face Masks
This ignorance and inconsideration appalls me. I complained to the manager, who assured me masks were required, but two days later, same scenario, different woman behind the counter.
I find myself asking over and over, “What is wrong with people?” We, as veterinarians, wear masks all the time while working. We don’t want to infect our patients, surgical sites, etc. So, I am sending some articles in hopes that you will post them as educational items (see links below).
The Woman’s Club motto is “In union there is strength.” Let’s do that! Wearing Face Masks
Autumn Davidson, DVM, of Three Rivers obtained her BS and MS at the University of California, Berkeley, with an emphasis in wildlife ecology and management. She is a graduate of the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis. She became board certified in internal medicine in 1992 and specializes in small animal theriogenology and infectious disease. Dr. Davidson practices at Lone Oak Veterinary Hospital in Three Rivers and Pet Care Veterinary Hospital, a private wellness, emergency, and specialty care practice in Santa Rosa, Calif.
Additional Reading:Wearing Face Masks
Here are the CDC’s recommendations: The CDC recommends that everyone wear masks in public settings around people who don’t live in your household and when you can’t stay 6 feet away from others. Masks help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others.
What to wear and how
- Wear masks with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19
- Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
- Masks should be worn by people two years of age and older
- Masks should NOT be worn by children younger than two, people who have trouble breathing, or people who cannot remove the mask without assistance
- Do NOT wear masks intended for healthcare workers; for example, N95 respirators
- CDC does not yet recommend the use of gaiters or face shields. Evaluation of these face covers is ongoing but effectiveness is unknown at this time.
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