Last week, a Florida man was filmed shoving a Walmart employee after he was told that he could not enter the store without a mask. Three days later, in a Los Angeles Trader Joe's, a shopper who refused to cover her face caused a scene, calling crew members "democratic pigs."
These are the kinds of stories that fill Amanda Rodriguez with rage. Rodriguez, who has asthma, gave birth without pain medication — and she did it while wearing a mask.
courtesy of Amanda Rodriguez
I gave natural birth to a baby (unmedicated) WHILE WEARING A MASK from the point I entered that hospital up until I left...so tell me again why you can’t breathe while wearing yours 20-30 min in a grocery store?
**AND I have asthma so tell me again why you can’t wear yours??🤔
— Amanda Rodriguez (@manda_14) June 27, 2020
"My mom works at a salon and her customers complain all the time about wearing a mask," the Lockhart, Texas-based teacher told TODAY Parents. "I'm like, if I can push through labor with a mask on, I think your customers can go through a haircut with theirs on."
Rodriguez, 28, happily kept her mouth and nose under wraps for her entire two day stay at the hospital.
"Was it comfortable? No. But I knew it was for my own safety," she explained. "It's irritating to me that people are upset they have to wear a mask to the grocery store."
Moms who wore masks during childbirth are expressing similar frustrations on Twitter.
I dislike inconvenience and discomfort as much as the next person, but I wore a mask while giving birth to a whole-ass baby. Who are these feeble losers who whine about wearing masks to run half-hour errands?
— Steph Cha (@stephycha) May 24, 2020
I went through labor and giving birth while wearing a dust mask, yet there are grown men in this country who can’t deal with being asked to tie a rag around their face to go to the supermarket? I’ll never think of myself as a weakling again...
— Julia Kite-Laidlaw (@juliakite) June 25, 2020
On Saturday, I gave birth to my son while wearing a face mask the entire time.
So I think you all can manage being asked to wear one to go grocery shopping. pic.twitter.com/6HesitVYxr
— raven (@femmemystique_) May 20, 2020
I laboured for 7 hours and gave birth in a mask so I think the rest of you can wear one for like 10 minutes to go inside a store to grab a Jamba Juice or whatever you do
— amil (@amil) June 17, 2020
"I dislike inconvenience and discomfort as much as the next person, but I wore a mask while giving birth to a whole-ass baby. Who are these feeble losers who whine about wearing masks to run half-hour errands?" novelist Steph Cha wrote.
In a follow-up tweet, Cha added, "I kept it on when I saw my baby in the NICU, even thought it meant waiting to kiss him until we went home. But sure, you need your deep breaths in the frozen food aisle…"
If I can wear a mask through 38 hours of labor, a c-section, and recovery . . . You can do it for an hour while running to the grocery store and/or other errands. #WearADamnMask
— Jai Kershner (@jaikershner) June 26, 2020
Jai Kershner, a radio host in Nashville, Tennessee, echoed the sentiment.
"If I can wear a mask though 38 hours of labor, a c-section, and recovery… you can do it for an hour while running to the grocery store and/or other errands," Kershner wrote. "#WearADamnMask."
"Wearing a mask is at most an inconvenience. You're not losing your freedom. Be inconvenienced for a little bit and let's protect each other," Kershner told TODAY Parents. "We all want to get back to our regularly scheduled lives. If we ban together, we can stomp this out a little quicker."