When told to wear face masks two COVID-plagued winters ago, we thought: “Can’t wait until this is over and we no longer have to wear a piece of cloth over our mouth and nose. It’s ugly. It interferes with breathing. It muffles voices and makes some conversations hard to follow.”
But wear face masks we did.
And responsible people still do — without voicing complaint — in establishments that require them and in other social gatherings where they are recommended.
Members of my pod, even if they’ve been fully vaccinated, stick to the program if only to avoid making trouble for workers and others tasked with enforcing the rules.
But now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is lightening up on the number of situations in which the public should wear face masks, our conversations have moved on.
The CDC most recently advised that fully vaccinated people no longer need masks outdoors unless they are in a crowd.