Medical Mask

May 14, 2010 vidajimenez

On my way from traveling across the world I managed to catch a stubborn cold that has haunted me for the last 3 days. I have tried to cover it by medicine, victim c and cough drops and of course by cover my mouth when I sneeze. But I noticed when I did such a thing the locals would stare at me as if I was being rude. I soon learned that it is custom and out of respect for others to wear a medical mask if you are ill. Then I looked around and understood why so many people were wearing masks in general. Out of respect and as a guess of this country I purchased 2 packages of pink masks to wear until I get better. I didn’t feel like I have a disease anymore and felt more comfortable walking around. I wish the US was more concerned for others and would adopt this so we wouldn’t spread so much sickness around. Honestly,it wasn’t until H1N1 broke out when we finally started getting hand sanitizers readily available.Everything here is more sanitary including the bathrooms and the no trash rule. Yes, I may look like a ninja girl in the US but here I’m just another sick person trying to get better!

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. botorow1  |  May 30, 2010 at 9:14 am

    First off, let me say how “pretty” your blog page is! More importantly, those days you wore the masks I gained an enormous amount of respect for you. Going outside your own comfort zone to adapt to the customs of this new place. I actually wrote a blog post about your experience from my perspective. In a time where most of the kids were still being loud on the subway and acting like total Americans, you took the risk of trying something different. Mad props for that.

  • 2. fleuritta  |  June 12, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    I have to admit that I admired your courage to adapt to a norm that I deem a very considerate behavior towards the rest of the people. The culture that leads the individual to get out of his own bubble of personal needs and start thinking of the rest of the people is worthy of respect! Immersing myself during the past twenty days effected me personally into becoming more considerate, less loud, and more understanding!

  • 3. robcolejpn  |  June 14, 2010 at 6:04 am

    I also agree with Bryce and Fatima about your respect for their culture. I was at first confused at why the Japanese wore masks. Back home if you wore a mask, people would avoid you, fearing death from just breathing the air around you. But once I learned that they wear the masks to keep others from getting sick, my level of respect for the Japanese went up to a new level!


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