“You better put on your mask or you’ll catch COVID and die!”
This wasn’t said to me in jest, nor was it said to me indoors. This is what a grown woman told me while I was on a sidewalk in Massachusetts. The saddest part is that the woman clearly believed what she said.
Never mind the fact that COVID doesn’t spread very much outside, and never mind the fact that my age group is exceptionally unlikely to die from COVID. Heck, statistically speaking, it is probably more likely that a car might have jumped the curb and hit me.
Later that day, I witnessed a person walking alone on a desolate beach while wearing a face mask. Perhaps he thought he might catch COVID from a pelican?