We couldn't agree more with Dan Levy's heartfelt thoughts on how wearing a mask can both help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and count as your good deed each day.

Victoria Seaver, M.S., R.D.
May 20, 2020
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I think I can speak for most of the EatingWell.com team when I say that we love Daniel Levy. We're big fans of his hilarious hit show, Schitt's Creek, and keep up with him on Instagram, where he shares his cooking hacks for making the perfect waffles and his heartfelt feelings around what's going on in the world. Viewing his post from May 19, we fell in love with him yet again when he shared his level-headed and respectful sentiments about people who feel rules about wearing masks in public due to the coronavirus epidemic infringe on their rights.

Levy stated: "I suppose in a way I can understand the frustration of being told what to do, which is why I would like to propose a reconceptualization of this whole thing. Imagine seeing it not as an infringement on your freedom but rather the simplest, easiest act of kindness that you can do in a day, not just for yourself but for other people who might have autoimmune issues, people who if they were to contract COVID with those issues might have devastating repercussions."

Experts agree that people with chronic conditions that affect the immune system, such as diabetes, cancer and rheumatoid arthritis, are at a higher risk of developing severe complications from coronavirus, as are older individuals or anyone with underlying health conditions.

Even if you're feeling well, you may be an asymptomatic carrier of COVID. The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 80 percent of COVID infections are mild or asymptomatic and with more testing happening across the world to better assess the asymptomatic population, that percentage may increase. It's a whopping amount of people who, if not wearing masks in public, could seriously spike infection rates.

While rules around mask requirements vary from state to state and business to business, the CDC does recommend wearing cloth masks (or some other type of face covering) in public settings where social distancing is difficult (like at the grocery store and in cities) to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We would all like to see the world return to normal as soon as possible and wearing masks in public can help us get there. Plus, you can consider it your good deed each day, as Levy puts it: "See it not as anyone or anything infringing on your freedom but rather if you have the freedom to leave your house, the good health to leave your house, why not put on a mask, make it your good deed of the day and do something nice for yourself and other people?" Here's where you can buy masks online, plus some tips on how best to clean them (which you should do regularly).