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Operations Blog | When should we hide?

ByStephanie M. Akbar

Oct 12, 2022

The Daily Iowan’s opinion staff discusses whether to mask this flu season.


Peter Anders

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to do many things that we would rather not do. One of the most controversial things we had to do to mitigate the spread of the virus was to wear a mask. As winter approaches, one wonders if these hiding trends are likely to continue. I would say that in certain cases, such as someone who has to leave their residence but is infected with the virus, they should be required to wear a mask. In a hospital setting, everyone should also be required to wear a mask without exception due to the vulnerability of many patients. Otherwise, until another flare-up occurs, I don’t think we should mask up anyway.

Luc Krtchak

Unlike COVID-19, I don’t think masks should be a requirement or necessarily a standard for cold and flu season. During the pandemic, we have seen flu cases decline alongside the use of protocols like masks, social distancing, and quarantine. While one of those protocols was masks, that was only a small part of the decrease in cases. I would say if you feel like you are more at risk or others are, go wear a mask. But don’t assume everyone has to wear one, because the main deterrent for flu season is still to get your flu shot every year.

Elise Cagnard

Since the start of the pandemic, there has been a lot of speculation about what the future of masking should be like. I think the best way forward is to maintain the implementation of masks in certain professions. This includes, but is not limited to, food service. Having the people who handle your food wear a mask could stop the transmission of countless diseases and germs. Additionally, while a person may not have COVID-19, any disease can easily spread through the food industry, so this simple step can have exponential benefits for customers at these restaurants.

Abby Gauger

The pandemic has placed the world in a unique situation where most of the general population now has access to products that protect the health of others. Masks should become a common courtesy when you feel unwell. In recent years of living with COVID-19, masks have been shown to reduce the transmission of disease from person to person. If you are sick and absolutely must go somewhere outside your home, you should mask up in order to keep those around you healthy, especially if that place is indoors. Whether or not you wear a mask outdoors is up to you, but it would certainly show a level of respect for the well-being of others.

Shahab Khan

Wearing a mask should be considered a precaution when you are sick. Traditionally, in the United States, when one is sick, there is no precedent for wearing a mask. However, in the post-pandemic era, it should become one. Masks keep people safe and allow those who feel unwell to participate in society while minimizing the risk of spreading disease. At the same time, if people don’t want to wear masks, it’s okay that they mostly don’t wear masks. Especially since there are plenty of vaccines circulating. In short, if someone is fully vaccinated, wearing a mask should be an option but should be encouraged.

Chris Klepach

Masking has become a staple of public medical practice since the COVID-19 pandemic. However, I feel like wearing a mask has never been something we had to consider before in the past. Just three years ago, wearing a mask was something only those who were sick and worried about spreading their germs would do. Now, even if you are not a carrier of an infectious disease, public thoroughfares like medical buildings, libraries and some theaters make wearing a mask mandatory. Masking should be a choice.

Kyle Tristan Ortega

With the decrease in COVID-19 cases, wearing masks has become somewhat situational. When deciding when to hide, one of the most important things to consider is location and situation. If you’re outside and no one is around, you can probably get away with not wearing a mask. However, when you are inside a public space, it is strongly recommended that you wear a mask, as this will greatly reduce the risk of you and others becoming ill. Also, masks generally make some people feel more comfortable and safe, so be sure to take this into account when entering public spaces.

Naomi Rivera

The question of the mask depends on the situation of each one. If you are a high-risk person, it is best to wear a mask when entering buildings and around large groups of people. If you are low risk, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Remember that there are people around you who may need protection for themselves or for their family/friends. In addition, there are vaccines, which make you healthier. So mask up if you need to or want to, and if you don’t, be mindful of those around you. Adopt healthy habits and keep a good respectful distance.

Evan Weidl

People should mask up in public whenever they feel sick to prevent the spread of illness to others. Wearing a mask when you are sick is a very simple thing you can do to help others stay healthy. Wearing a mask is an extremely minor inconvenience and there is very little you cannot do while wearing a mask. Also, in the age of the coronavirus, it’s hard to tell what is a cold or flu and what is COVID-19. Wearing a mask when you are sick is a very simple way to show empathy for others and keep people safe.


The columns reflect the opinions of the authors and are not necessarily those of the Editorial Board, The Daily Iowan, or other organizations with which the author may be involved.



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