JASON RANTZ

Rantz: WA Health Dept says wear mask while cleaning dishes, folding laundry

May 18, 2020, 8:58 PM | Updated: May 19, 2020, 9:09 am
coronavirus mask...
To ultimately protect your kids from the coronavirus, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) recommends parents wear a mask while doing the dishes or folding laundry. (DOH Facebook screenshot)
(DOH Facebook screenshot)

To ultimately protect your kids, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) recommends parents wear a coronavirus mask while doing the dishes or folding laundry.

The advice, not backed up by science or data, would not protect you from the coronavirus. Instead, it appears DOH hopes to get parents to normalize the coronavirus mask so that their kids may feel more comfortable wearing them. This is overkill.

Coronavirus mask or facial covering advice

State public health officials, along with various county officials, strongly encourage you to wear masks or facial coverings when in public, where social distancing isn’t possible. This is wise, data-driven advice to cut down on the spread of the coronavirus.

Wearing a coronavirus mask while doing dishes or the laundry doesn’t protect you from the coronavirus, unless you’re doing these chores in a public, shared space with strangers. It just makes doing these chores more difficult.

The advice is more about normalizing the use of the masks for your kids, so they’re more likely to wear it themselves.

“While some children will not have any trouble…” putting on masks DOH says, “others may struggle. It might feel weird to them, it might slip around, and it’s harder to put things in your mouth when it’s covered.”

A way to get them more comfortable is to “model the behavior” you want your kids to adopt.

“Leave your cloth face covering where your child can see it,” DOH suggests. “Wear it while doing simple tasks, like washing dishes or folding laundry so that it becomes more normal.”

Doesn’t seem like the right advice

I’m not a doctor nor a parent, but I’ve seen every episode of “House” and I know some parents (though I try to stay away from their annoying kids). In other words, I have some knowledge on this topic; I’m practically an expert. This seems like bad advice.

First, the guidance is to wear masks outside, not inside. Model the mask behavior where you’re most at risk of the coronavirus because that’s where you want the kids wearing the mask. Unless you’ve got the mask on 24/7, any time you take off the mask in the enclosed space of a home will expose you to coronavirus if it’s living there. So you might as well not wear it at all.

Second, wearing a mask, be it a N-95 or a bandanna, is uncomfortable. It’s harder to breath in, can be itchy, and for those of us with large heads (to fit our giant brains and egos), the elastic pieces around your ears can pinch. Why should you torment your kid with the discomfort of a mask indoors when it’s not part of the guidance?

Third, and most importantly, we shouldn’t normalize wearing a mask. It’s not normal. It shouldn’t be normal.

This is a temporary move during the pandemic. Wearing a mask to protect a kid from a dangerous virus is scary. That means, they’ll likely be scared when the mask is on, becoming potentially obsessive in his or her goal of not being infected.

You’re literally telling dumb-dumb kids that there’s a menacing, invisible virus that can kill grandma if they’re exposed to it. You think when the pandemic is over they’ll be less scared that the virus they can’t see is suddenly gone? They won’t believe you. Why? Because adults lie to kids and kids know that.

Plus, as an adult, I’m still scarred and scared from seeing the invisible bad guy (nature! the bad guy was nature and it killed everyone with just wind! SERIOUSLY! WIND!) in The Happening.

Why train a kid to treat their home as dangerous by wearing the mask? Let them be kids in the house.

So what should we do, know-it-all?

A friend of mine, a parent of two kids, has some advice. She doesn’t have them wear the masks indoors, but has them bring it with them whenever they have to travel.

She asks them in the car, “Did you bring your mask?” If they say no, she tells them then they can’t leave the car. Don’t worry, she cracks a window and gives them unfettered access to YouTube, which, come to think of it, is probably as dangerous to a kid as them catching the coronavirus.

Never mind. Do whatever DOH tells you. I don’t even like kids.

Listen to the Jason Rantz Show weekday afternoons from 3-6 p.m. on KTTH 770 AM (or HD Radio 97.3 FM HD-Channel 3). Subscribe to the podcast here. Follow @JasonRantz on Twitter and Instagram or like me on Facebook

Jason Rantz on AM 770 KTTH
  • listen to jason rantzTune in to AM 770 KTTH weekdays at 3-6pm toThe Jason Rantz Show.

Jason Rantz Show

Jason Rantz

Everett homeless camping, no sit no lie, Snohomish County...
KTTH staff

Councilmember: Snohomish County sales tax increase getting ‘rushed with minimal transparency’

Snohomish County Council could soon pass a 0.1% sales tax increase, as part of a process Councilmember Nate Nehring says is littered with issues.
2 days ago
WSU...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: WSU amplifies claim that farmers markets, food charity are ‘white supremacy’ in action

Washington State University is amplifying claims that farmers markets and food charities are examples of "white supremacy" and "white dominant culture."
3 days ago
Kshama Sawant recall debate...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: There’s only one Kshama Sawant recall result that truly matters

Socialist Seattle City Council firebrand Kshama Sawant faces voters on Dec. 7 for her recall election. There's only one result that tells us something.
4 days ago
teacher...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: Seattle-area teacher recorded during vulgar, anti-police Kyle Rittenhouse rant

A teacher in the Northshore School District was recorded during a vulgar and one-sided rant about the Kyle Rittenhouse trial.
5 days ago
Kent Mayor...
KTTH staff

Kent mayor connects string of recent shootings to King County’s ‘lax prosecution of drug crimes’

Kent Mayor Dana Ralph discusses how a recent state supreme court ruling has impeded King County's ability to prosecute drug crimes.
5 days ago
schools...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: Seattle School Board hides findings that its members harassed Black staff

Two Seattle Public School board directors who claim to be anti-racist progressives were found guilty of harassing, intimidating, and bullying Black staff.
6 days ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Experience Anacortes

Coastal Christmas Celebration Week in Anacortes

With minimal travel time required and every activity under the sun, Anacortes is the perfect vacation spot for all ages.
...

Delayed-Onset PTSD: Signs and Symptoms

Lakeside-Milam Recovery Centers SPONSORED — You’re probably familiar with post-traumatic stress disorder. Often abbreviated as PTSD, this condition is diagnosed when a person experiences a set of symptoms for at least a month after a traumatic event. However, for some people, these issues take longer to develop. This results in a diagnosis of delayed-onset PTSD […]
...

Medicare open enrollment ends Dec. 7. Free unbiased help is here!

Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner SPONSORED — Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period, also called the Annual Election Period, is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. During this time, people enrolled in Medicare can: Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan and vice versa. Join, drop or switch a Part D prescription drug plan, […]
...

How to Have a Stress-Free Real Estate Experience

The real estate industry has adapted and sellers are taking full advantage of new real estate models. One of which is Every Door Real Estate.
...
IQ Air

How Poor Air Quality Is Affecting Our Future Athletes

You cannot control your child’s breathing environment 100% of the time, but you can make a huge impact.
...
Swedish Health Services

Special Coverage: National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

There are a wide variety of treatment options available for men with prostate cancer. The most technologically advanced treatment option in the Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform.
Rantz: WA Health Dept says wear mask while cleaning dishes, folding laundry