Recently, the decision to wear a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic has become more of a political issue than a health issue. With a lack of national protocol around when and where to wear a face mask, it’s not abnormal to be shamed for wearing one and angry when others don’t. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends “people wear cloth face coverings in public settings when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.” So why all the fuss? Basically, though some people simply don’t like to be forced to do anything, especially by the government, scientists have proven that taking this extra precaution, in addition to socially distancing, helps to significantly curb the spread of coronavirus. Click here to read 5 reasons why it’s important to wear a mask, plus who should wear one.