During the coronavirus pandemic, the use of face masks, as well as other social distancing rules, has been the center of an ongoing debate but now Colombia has taken things to the extreme.
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Over recent months, our lives have changed completely.
via: Getty ImagesThe pandemic has fully taken over.
However, in the past few weeks, little bits of normality have been appearing...
via: Getty ImagesWith things beginning to reopen again.
But whilst things are getting back to normal, we must still take precautions.
via: Getty ImagesThis is very important because we need to stop the spread of the virus.
In fact, some precautions are becoming mandatory in some places.
via: Getty ImagesIncluding here in the US.
In some states, it has become mandatory to wear a face mask on certain occasions.
via: Getty ImagesFor example, in some retail stores like Costco, customers are required to wear one. And not to mention public transport. It can be annoying but it's something we all have to do for the greater good.
Some people are choosing to wear a face-covering regardless.
via: Getty ImagesTo provide them with peace of mind.
But there are issues with face masks that many people have discovered.
via: Getty ImagesNot only are they in short supply, after most countries in the world are requiring PPE.
Meaning that many people are having to make their own.
via: Getty ImagesBoth for themselves and for essential workers, as they are not being provided with enough.
But the other issue is that many people have discovered how uncomfortable face masks can be.
via: Getty ImagesParticularly when they are worn for a long period of time.
They can also make it hard to breathe.
But obviously there has been an ongoing debate as to if they actually provide enough protection.
via: Getty ImagesThe world seems to be divided on the issue, with lots of people claiming that the masks are in fact only an accessory used to control the masses.
And that's why many are refusing to wear them.
idfwpwdwfm i don’t f**k with people who don’t wear face masks— Cathy Kelley (@Cathy Kelley)1593110345.0
Despite this, health experts have stressed their importance.
via: Getty ImagesHealthline describes them as "crucial in the fight against the pandemic." They stressed that this rule is to protect others and not yourself. Wearing a mask reduces the transmission of the disease by at least half.
An emergency physician named Dr. Luke Padwick said this:
via: Getty Images“Wearing a mask is good for two reasons: It’s going to cut down 95 percent of the breathing that sends the virus up to 6 feet away in a room, and also will reduce fecal/oral transmission by preventing the virus from getting into your nose or mouth" if you touch a contaminated surface and then your face," Padwick told Healthline. “I think this will slow down the virus a lot."
But there are some people still not following any of these rules.
Human Rights Watch have warned that there have been at least 9 people involved in these incidents.
A town on the Pacific coast has even been taken over by gangs who have enforced their own rules.
@MailOnline Extreme but effective. No problem with social distancing in Columbia— MrUpperty (@MrUpperty)1594889901.0
At one point, even one community leader was murdered last month.
@MailOnline Suppose that’s one way of getting people to isolate 😂😂— Colin Elliot (@Colin Elliot)1594888982.0
Another community leader spoke to The Guardian about the issue:
@MailOnline Are they worried about losing clients or workers to the coronavirus? 🤔— TCR 🐨🐨🐨🐨🐨 (@TCR 🐨🐨🐨🐨🐨)1594889467.0