During the current pandemic, the use of face masks has long been a debate, but as we start returning to normality, they are needed more now than ever.
It seems as though a lot of people don't care about it though as displayed in photos that have emerged from schools showing teens packed into a narrow hallway as they head to their classes.
The pictures are truly disturbing, and the school's statement has left parents and students shocked...
Over recent months, we have had to adapt to a new way of living.
via: Getty ImagesThe pandemic has made it so that we can't go about living our lives the way we used to.
However, in the past few weeks, we've been trying to get back to normality...
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 U.S.
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 on public transport.
Some people are choosing to wear a face-covering regardless.
via: Getty ImagesTo provide them with peace of mind. I mean, that seems to be a good idea. Along with that, people are carrying around bottles of hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
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.
But the issue that many people have discovered is 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 whilst wearing.
Many people have resorted to making their own masks.
via: Getty ImagesBoth for themselves and for essential workers, as they are not being provided with enough.
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.
A lot of people have decided to take on board these expert suggestions...
via: Getty ImagesBut a lot of others haven't and the latest pictures to emerge from inside a school in Georgia have been disturbing, to say the least.
As schools start opening, it seems as though masks and social distancing rules have been long forgotten.
via: Getty ImagesPaulding County re-opened their doors to students this week, but the results have shown us that certain rules are almost physically impossible to implement due to the large volumes of people in one area.
In the pictures, you can only see approximately 4/5 students wearing masks in an extremely packed hallway.
via: Getty ImagesNot only that, but students are clearly not socially distanced.
And we've all been left questioning if this is a good idea.
@Freeyourmindkid I'm suddenly wondering if the reason non-teachers think going back to school can work is that they… https://t.co/fnUXWpZF53— Altaira Morbius (@Altaira Morbius)1596545874.0
The whole thing just seems really cruel.
@Freeyourmindkid @blairboo16 My family has a legitimate fear that the first day of school will be the last day they… https://t.co/en0zXC08Rt— Randy Koehn (@Randy Koehn)1596546070.0
And it also looks like other places are having similar problems...
@Freeyourmindkid @DevinCow God help them. Here in Gwinnett, the teachers and workers reported last week. 300 of the… https://t.co/KxO0jUjDF6— Gomez Adams (@Gomez Adams)1596546264.0
Is it really worth putting all these lives at risk?
@Freeyourmindkid @AltNatSecAgency I live here. Our 15yr old is begrudgingly staying home & in virtual academy, we t… https://t.co/aKUXHARWJN— ⬛️⬛️SPF51⬛️⬛️ (@⬛️⬛️SPF51⬛️⬛️)1596546872.0
In a document obtained by TMZ, the superintendent of the school tried to downplay the problem.
via: Getty ImagesThe document outlined the conditions of the school, even going on to hint that the optics don't look too good at the moment, but parents shouldn't worry... Confusing, right?
The letter was sent out to a bunch of worries parents who sent their kids to school without masks...
via: Getty ImagesThe superintendent also recognized that "there is no practical way" to enforce students to wear masks but they are encouraged to do so. If you're confused about the stance, don't worry, we are too.
Here's a disturbing picture from the hallways of Paulding County:
This is the first day of school in Paulding County, Georgia. https://t.co/fzdidaAABM— 🇯🇲Black🇭🇹 Aziz 🇳🇬aNANsi🇹🇹 (@🇯🇲Black🇭🇹 Aziz 🇳🇬aNANsi🇹🇹)1596544275.0