Masks: Widespread Empathy

With the coronavirus, our society has the opportunity to test empathy on a large scale. It’s an interesting sociological experiment from my point of view.

Wearing a surgical mask (or a cloth one) has only one goal: not to contaminate others. It does not protect the wearer, but each wearer protects those around him. Although it is likely that many of those who will have a mask will think they can’t catch COVID, this is not a reality. For this, they would have to wear at least an FFP2 mask, which prevents pathogens from dispersing but also from reaching the wearer. We are therefore entering a phase in which each of us must do something for the other, and we must individually count on widespread empathy among our fellow citizens.

This argument has already been put forward several times to explain the importance of vaccinating the entire population to prevent those who cannot be vaccinated (for many good medical reasons) from being contaminated by a potentially fatal disease. This was not always well received or understood.

I welcome the idea of this group movement, even if it is certainly not fully aware of it. Protecting others and expecting them to protect us in return is a vision of Society that I like.