It’s getting foggy out there …

My Nikkel’s Worth column

You can tell whoever designed masks does not wear glasses, and has no idea whatsoever what it’s like for those of us who wear corrective lenses.

It’s also my theory that neckties were designed by a woman, because most men hate them, even those who wear them on a daily basis. I mean, if you think about it, a tie serves no actual purpose, except on a fashion basis with a suit.

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(I’m sure that women feel similarly about high-heeled shoes, as they were probably invented by a man who has no real idea of what it’s like to walk in them — same principle.)

Back to masks — there is no way the inventor wears glasses, or else they would be better designed so they’re not constantly fogging up glasses.

For those who don’t have to wear glasses, they will just shrug and think it’s no big deal, but for those of us who need the eyewear, it’s a vital piece of equipment that enables clear sight.

For me, that’s doubly important, because photography is a basic and vital part of my job, and if I can’t see properly, it makes the picture-taking far more difficult.

I realize there is a higher purpose to requiring the use of masks, to try and limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, but I’m also realistic in knowing the mask is not going to keep me from catching any virus, flu or otherwise.

If you don’t believe me, look on a package of disposable masks, and it states right on it from the manufacturer, it will not prevent you from getting the coronavirus. The best it can do is act as a stop-gap measure and prevent some virus droplets from getting out there.

The problem is, a virus is very, very tiny, much tinier than bacteria, and no non-medical mask can prevent that from getting out or getting in. Like a bandaid, however, it helps a little bit, particularly if you can’t be physically distant from other people.