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By EDD K. USMAN
(SDN) — GUESS, what “generation” has emerged in the time of the global pandemic Covid-19?
Strictly speaking, a “generation,” says Wikipedia, “is all the people born and living about the same time, regarded collectively.”
First of all, Planet Earth has “five primary generations” already.
According to experts, per an online platform, they are:
- Generation Z, or iGen, Centennials (born 1996-TBD).
- Millennials or Generation Y (born 1977-1995).
- Generation X (born 1965-1976);
- Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964); and,
- Traditionalists or Silent Generation (born 1945 and before).
But there is a new “generation” if we loosen the definition a little more.
It’s what maybe called the “Generation Masked” which the emergence of the virus known as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has given birth to.
It’s a generation that do not distinguishes when a person was born. But like the five other generations those who are of Generation Masked have common experiences and traits they share. Fear, feeling of uncertainty, stress, panicky. And they wear masks! Especially when going out of the house.
They are in the period of quarantine, lockdown, social or physical distancing, and curfew (in some countries like the Philippines).
How long this generation’s lifestyle would last, it depends on when a vaccine is developed as cure for the viral disease thought to have originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, is still being researched by scientists around the world.
Health experts have warned the pandemic may last for quite some time until an effective vaccine is developed.
Countries and regions have already required the wearing of a mask, or a piece of cloth.
An article on CNN written on April 3 by Megan Warner cited the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommending the wearing of “cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.”
Still on the CNN story, the CDC made the recommendation as it noted new evidence pointing to asymptomatic people being able to spread the novel coronavirus.
The wearing of masks, according to CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, is not really for people without infection. “This is more about people who might be infected and don’t know it, and try to lower the likelihood that they will spread this to somebody else.”
Bavaria, a German western state, will make wearing of masks compulsory in all shops and on public transport starting April 27.
Saxony, another German state located in the former east, already introduced the mask regulation since last week.
Previously in the early days of Covid-19 the wearing of masks was not required especially that health experts have said they are not effective in blocking aerosols from coughs or sneezes. Masks they said are for health workers and sick people so they won’t contaminate others.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy (NIA), cited “some recent information that the virus can actually be spread even when people just speak as opposed to coughing and sneezing.”
In the Philippines, which is under an Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) until April 30, the government required the mandatory wearing of masks in all ECQ covered areas until the quarantine expires.
“If we need to go out of the house, we need to wear masks.”
— Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles announced this early April. The ECQ covers Luzon, the archipelago’s biggest of its three main islands.
“If we need to go out of the house, we need to wear masks,” he said, adding improvised face masks or handkerchiefs are OK as long as people are covering their mouth, as quoted by the Philippines News Agency (PNA). (SDN)
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