You know what? I'm a girl who loves a flash mob. I have always wanted to see one or be part of one. There's something really exciting about the way they quickly assemble, perform something epic and then disperse. Don't even get me started on the flash mob proposals. These days, what with a global pandemic and all, I haven't been that into crowds.
Do you know what else I love? My health. My friends. My family.
It's no secret that medical professionals think face masks are a good idea. Wearing a mask helps to protect others in your community.
A viral video surfaced on September 15 which shows a group of demonstrators who decided to have a flash mob. Some are wearing red MAGA shirts or hats and none of them are wearing masks. They paraded around a Target in Florida, yelling at customers to take off their face masks.
Video footage of the anti-masker flash mob has popped up all over social media and they have quickly gone viral. It doesn't surprise me one bit that people are divided about the mob. Some agree with the anti-mask movement and others agree with the CDC.
Cristina Gomez shared a livestream of the protest in full. In it, you can hear people yell “Take your mask off” while cheering on customers to join in. They blasted the song “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister.
“It’s your right to do what you want, like it’s my right to do what I want,” said Nathan Babcock to HuffPost . “If you want to wear a mask and think [it] makes you safer ... That’s absolutely your right, 100%. Just don’t force me to wear a mask ... Because it’s my right not to wear one.” He joined the protesters in the store.
So far, nearly 200,000 people have died from coronavirus in the United States. Florida has logged more than 12,700 deaths.
Just as a quick follow up here's the overview on masks from the CDC:
- 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 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 recommend the use of gaiters or face shields. Evaluation of these face covers is on-going but effectiveness is unknown at this time.