I need to get a new t-shirt or two for my trail runs. On the front, it should read, big: “Wear A Proper Mask“* and on the back, a little smaller: “Yes, that means you, elderly white person, and you, mountain biker.”
I’ve seen it too many times by now – it can’t be just coincidence.
Mountain bikers are making it too easy to be considered the most obnoxious and annoying trail users anyway** – but 8 guys riding single file behind each other, fast, breathing hard, and none of them wearing a mask? s.p.e.c.i.a.l. A community outbreak in the making – and mobile…
And what’s it with the old white folks? Men and women alike, all 60 or 70 years old, hiking buddies, often in groups of five or more people, backpacks and trekking poles and proper shoes and gear and everything – chatting and yapping and laughing, but none of them with a mask! #okayboomer you’re tougher than this? Cool. <rolls eyes>
I’m wearing a simple surgical mask. When there’s no one around, I can pull it down to my chin. As soon as I approach people, I pull it up into place. It’s super easy, no hassle at all, and these masks are very lightweight, breathable, and most of all, pretty effective: “the three-layer surgical mask, which may look flimsy to some, was nearly as good as the N95” (see link below).
*) see https://gothamist.com/news/study-face-masks-finds-one-type-s-worse-no-mask-all: Knitted masks and bandanas performed the most poorly. Fleece masks, as mentioned above, were rated worse than wearing no mask at all.
**) often too fast to stop for slower trail users; cutting extra use trails into the vegetation – because “fun”; always at least one disturbing the peace and quiet of nature with a shitty loudspeaker blaring music; etc. etc.