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I don't want to be constantly asked why I'm not wearing a mask

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Happilyeverafterfinally, Sep 26, 2020.

  1. Happilyeverafterfinally

    Happilyeverafterfinally New commenter

    I'm a student in college. I have a genuine reason why I can't wear a mask. Our college has purple lanyards for anyone who can't wear a mask. I wear the lanyard but when walking around college staff still ask "where is your mask?" "Why are you not wearing a mask?".
  2. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    What is the reason?
  3. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Are you sure you can't wear a face covering? It does not have to be a mask, a scarf or snood will meet the requirement. Or even get one of those transparent face shields?
  4. Happilyeverafterfinally

    Happilyeverafterfinally New commenter

    Doesn't need to be disclosed online, thank you.
  5. DrLinus

    DrLinus Lead commenter

    Jiggle your lanyard at them.
    I would.
  6. Happilyeverafterfinally

    Happilyeverafterfinally New commenter

    I just point to it/wave it
    claret09 and agathamorse like this.
  7. Happilyeverafterfinally

    Happilyeverafterfinally New commenter

    The point isn't whether or not I can wear a mask.
    claret09 and agathamorse like this.
  8. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    Try wearing a sandwich board that says you have a genuine reason for not wearing a mask and don't want to be asked why you aren't wearing a mask.
  9. modelmaker

    modelmaker Star commenter


    Plastic face shields are almost totally ineffective at trapping respiratory aerosols, according to modelling in Japan, casting doubt on their effectiveness in preventing the spread of coronavirus.

    A simulation using Fugaku, the world’s fastest supercomputer, found that almost 100% of airborne droplets of less than 5 micrometres in size escaped through plastic visors of the kind often used by people working in service industries.

    There seems to be a misconception that a face shield will help reduce the spread of coronavirus in the same way that a face mask will. It isn't uncommon to see people wearing them whilst shopping, because the government says we must wear a face covering, without explaining what's actually required.

    Face shields are worn by medical professionals to protect them from being contaminated by their patients' bodily fluids, for example if a patient is coughing while a procedure is being undertaken. Face masks are worn to prevent transmission of germs from the medical worker to the patient. Health workers wear both a face mask and a face shield.
    Dragonlady30 likes this.
  10. colacao17

    colacao17 Lead commenter

    Poor you.

    I can't see any other reason for this thread.
  11. Oscillatingass

    Oscillatingass Star commenter

    I find that in life generally siht happens so it is best not to blow minor irritations out of all proportion.
  12. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    Report any staff that ask you. They should know the meaning of the purple lanyard. The management should have disseminated the information to all staff, who should know what it means.
    claret09, agathamorse and bonxie like this.
  13. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    Everyone who makes a fuss about their 'rights' when asked to wear a face mask or simply refuses to wear one, makes life more difficult for the OP and others with genuine reasons.
    annie2010, bonxie, ilovesooty and 4 others like this.
  14. Oscillatingass

    Oscillatingass Star commenter

    Off with their goolies.
    blazer and nomad like this.
  15. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    Off with yours.
  16. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    'Cannot wear a mask' I can understand.

    'Cannot wear any form of face covering' I don't believe.
  17. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    Everyone CAN wear a mask or face covering.
    Some people find it heightens their anxiety levels which in turn can exacerbate some physical conditions such as asthma.
    Some people just find they get panicky if they wear a mask.
    Some people like to feel special, and some are just bolshie and don't like being 'dictated to' or 'having their freedoms taken away'.
    There ARE ways to manage the genuione reasons but it takes work.
    I have clients who 'can't wear a mask' because... However, SOME of them realise that wearing a lanyard won't protect them (and even more so won't protect anyone else FROM them) when it comes to Covid. So they work to find ways to manage whatever the problem is around using a face covering.
  18. burajda

    burajda Star commenter

    Report your concerns about the breaches of your student human rights to the NUS Student Council who can send an email to the College Principal. She will then discipline the staff concerned for breaching the equality and diversity policy..
    agathamorse likes this.
  19. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    May I ask why the OP thinks that posting the problem on an internet forum is going to change anything?

    Surely some direct contact with college management about staff recognising purple lanyards would be more productive.

    I mean you're free to sound off if you like, but wouldn't it be more helpful to say "This was the problem I had and here's the solution I came to, in case anyone else is experiencing the same."
  20. colacao17

    colacao17 Lead commenter

    Victimism and a need for sympathy.

    The easiest way to stop being asked why youre not wearing a face covering is to find one which you CAN wear.
  21. Caligraphy

    Caligraphy Occasional commenter

    Ok. So you can't be wearing a mask. I get that. I don't care one way or the other what your reasons are, but I hope you haven't come on TEACHERS forum to hammer them. They are busy, probably anxious and extremely worried about their students, their family and last of all, as most teachers I know will be, for themselves. So forgive them- checking your purple lanyard is not top of their priorities. Just politely draw their attention to it and move on. In every way.
    coffeekid, blazer, ilovesooty and 6 others like this.

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