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I am starting university in 2 weeks and feeling quite anxious about coronavirus cases in the UK so I would prefer to wear a face mask in the shared kitchen too. I heard that in the UK, kitchen group is considered part of your "household" so you don't need to wear a face mask but I'm feeling anxious so I would like to wear one.

Do face masks actually help that much if your the only one wearing them and no one else does? I'll tell the people I share a flat with why I'll be wearing a mask even in the kitchen but I'm scared they won't understand, might make fun of me and don't want to hang out with me because everyone in my accomodation who I've talked to really don't seem to care about the virus so they might think I'm a bit strange and a bit of a loser.

Even if they don't think I'm strange, I'm scared they won't want to hang out with me because they think I'll be too scared to want to interact with them or go out with them.
How do I explain it to my flatmates? Do you think they will understand or will they judge me and not want to hang out with me? Or do I just not wear a face mask because people will think I am very strange if I do.

Thanks in advance
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Ok so your kitchen group is your bubble in uni

Im in year 11 and our year group is also a bubble at school and for us it’s compulsory to wear a mask in corridors .. as I do food tech for gcse and it links with the kitchen we do not need to wear a mask inside the food tech room

So I’m thinking maybe you do not need to wear it as soon as you are in your kitchen group IN A ROOM but need to wear your mask in corridors 🤷*♀️

Why do you need to be perceived as strange for obeying the corona guidelines 😂? Just wear your mask in corridors, transports and shops

Hope this helps
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Ok so your kitchen group is your bubble in uni

Im in year 11 and our year group is also a bubble at school and for us it’s compulsory to wear a mask in corridors .. as I do food tech for gcse and it links with the kitchen we do not need to wear a mask inside the food tech room

So I’m thinking maybe you do not need to wear it as soon as you are in your kitchen group IN A ROOM but need to wear your mask in corridors 🤷*♀️

Why do you need to be perceived as strange for obeying the corona guidelines 😂? Just wear your mask in corridors, transports and shops

Hope this helps
Hi, thanks for your reply

I'm scared I might be perceived as strange because I was planning to wear a mask in the kitchen as well, which you don't have to because you would be wearing it with people in your bubble.
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(Original post by odd okapi)
I am starting university in 2 weeks and feeling quite anxious about coronavirus cases in the UK so I would prefer to wear a face mask in the shared kitchen too. I heard that in the UK, kitchen group is considered part of your "household" so you don't need to wear a face mask but I'm feeling anxious so I would like to wear one.

Do face masks actually help that much if your the only one wearing them and no one else does? I'll tell the people I share a flat with why I'll be wearing a mask even in the kitchen but I'm scared they won't understand, might make fun of me and don't want to hang out with me because everyone in my accomodation who I've talked to really don't seem to care about the virus so they might think I'm a bit strange and a bit of a loser.

Even if they don't think I'm strange, I'm scared they won't want to hang out with me because they think I'll be too scared to want to interact with them or go out with them.
How do I explain it to my flatmates? Do you think they will understand or will they judge me and not want to hang out with me? Or do I just not wear a face mask because people will think I am very strange if I do.

Thanks in advance
I'm also starting in 2 weeks and plan on wearing a face mask in literally every social interaction
I don't think anyone will care hehe
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I'm also starting in 2 weeks and plan on wearing a face mask in literally every social interaction
I don't think anyone will care hehe
I hope so
Would you wear one in your kitchen too even if that is your "bubble" so you don't actually need to?
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At my uni every flat (6-15 rooms) is considered a household, they don't require you to wear a face covering when within your household the same as you don't need to at home however face coverings are mandatory in all communal areas outside your household flat, such as shared corridors & stairwells with other flats and when inside any building on campus unless your seated at your table in a hospitality venue.

I don't think you would have any issues wearing face coverings within your shared kitchen people should understand your concerns and if they dont just do whatever makes you feel safe and if thats wearing a face mask in the kitchen then do it. If they judge you and don't want to hang out with you because you want to protect yourself & others then as hard as it may be I wouldn't bother to care what they think you'll find other people who are more accepting/non-judgemental elsewhere. Many people I spoke to whilst they got on with some people in their flat most also had ones that they didn't and in this case they either moved flat (worst case scenario) or just made friends with another flat/society group to socialise with.

Having been working everyday for this past week in my uni's student union, many students are wearing face coverings when out and if asked to put one on will do so with no arguments, even when walking around campus outside it won't be uncommon to see Students wearing masks especially the international students as they wore them even before the pandemic.
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Personally speaking quite the opposite, I would judge you for not wearing a facemask. Health is the most important thing in the world

" I'll tell the people I share a flat with why I'll be wearing a mask even in the kitchen but I'm scared they won't understand, might make fun of me and don't want to hang out with me because everyone in my accomodation who I've talked to really don't seem to care about the virus so they might think I'm a bit strange and a bit of a loser."

This was very sad to read, You shouldnt have to tell, they should already know by now why you are wearing a facemask (unless they have been living under a rock for the past year)

I still dont understand why people are still walking around the streets without facemasks, we are in the middle of a global pandemic.
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I wouldn't judge you for wearing a facemask. They are used to reduce the risk of others from catching covid-19 if you're asymptomatic, so you doing what you can to prevent my life being disturbed is doing me a favour. That being said, I wouldn't judge you for not wearing one either. It's your life, do what you want.
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(Original post by odd okapi)
I am starting university in 2 weeks and feeling quite anxious about coronavirus cases in the UK so I would prefer to wear a face mask in the shared kitchen too. I heard that in the UK, kitchen group is considered part of your "household" so you don't need to wear a face mask but I'm feeling anxious so I would like to wear one.

Do face masks actually help that much if your the only one wearing them and no one else does? I'll tell the people I share a flat with why I'll be wearing a mask even in the kitchen but I'm scared they won't understand, might make fun of me and don't want to hang out with me because everyone in my accomodation who I've talked to really don't seem to care about the virus so they might think I'm a bit strange and a bit of a loser.

Even if they don't think I'm strange, I'm scared they won't want to hang out with me because they think I'll be too scared to want to interact with them or go out with them.
How do I explain it to my flatmates? Do you think they will understand or will they judge me and not want to hang out with me? Or do I just not wear a face mask because people will think I am very strange if I do.

Thanks in advance
I'd judge you for not wearing one.
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(Original post by odd okapi)
I am starting university in 2 weeks and feeling quite anxious about coronavirus cases in the UK so I would prefer to wear a face mask in the shared kitchen too. I heard that in the UK, kitchen group is considered part of your "household" so you don't need to wear a face mask but I'm feeling anxious so I would like to wear one.

Do face masks actually help that much if your the only one wearing them and no one else does? I'll tell the people I share a flat with why I'll be wearing a mask even in the kitchen but I'm scared they won't understand, might make fun of me and don't want to hang out with me because everyone in my accomodation who I've talked to really don't seem to care about the virus so they might think I'm a bit strange and a bit of a loser.

Even if they don't think I'm strange, I'm scared they won't want to hang out with me because they think I'll be too scared to want to interact with them or go out with them.
How do I explain it to my flatmates? Do you think they will understand or will they judge me and not want to hang out with me? Or do I just not wear a face mask because people will think I am very strange if I do.

Thanks in advance
They may they may not, but in a kitchen, you would be as likely to catch from someone touching the same thing as you, hob, fridge, door sink etc so as you are in a household now you cant avoid their germs per se by just wearing a mask. The thing I would ask is do you wear a mask at home in the kitchen of your parents house? if no then why would you at uni?
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They may they may not, but in a kitchen, you would be as likely to catch from someone touching the same thing as you, hob, fridge, door sink etc so as you are in a household now you cant avoid their germs per se by just wearing a mask. The thing I would ask is do you wear a mask at home in the kitchen of your parents house? if no then why would you at uni?
Hi, thank you for your reply.
Yes I understand where you are coming from and I understand that just because you are wearing a mask does not mean you won't catch it but I assumed that it would help to avoid some germs if I did. I plan to be as carefull as I can in washing my hands whenever I have touched the hob or the fridge.

I do not wear a mask at home but I wanted to at university because where I am from, the cases are quite low but the area my university is in has lots of cases so it is under a local lockdown. I also do not know my flatmates very well so I don't know if they will be sticking to the rules whereas I know my parents will be wearing a face mask and keepign their distance when they are out.
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It's not a "global" pandemic, since 'pandemic' implies the global part in its own definition. So many people say 'global pandemic' and I'm afraid it just sounds moronic.

To OP - unless you're wearing a full on gas mask, your flimsy little facemask is sort of pointless. If you're living in the same building as someone with the virus you'll probably catch it from the door handles, the kettle, the microwave etc... You might as well resign yourself to catching it and gain your immunity so that our country can get back on its feet.
Hi, thank you for your reply.

I understand where you are coming from which is why I had some doubts about wheter the face mask would help that much. I plan to be as carefull as I can in washing my hands after I have touched the door handle or the kettle. I am anxious about the virus which is why I would prefer not to catch it. I hope to do everything I can to not catch it myself and not to spread it to other people which is why I wanted to wear the face mask.

So you are saying that I should just not wear the face mask and hope for the best?
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(Original post by odd okapi)
I am starting university in 2 weeks and feeling quite anxious about coronavirus cases in the UK so I would prefer to wear a face mask in the shared kitchen too. I heard that in the UK, kitchen group is considered part of your "household" so you don't need to wear a face mask but I'm feeling anxious so I would like to wear one.

Do face masks actually help that much if your the only one wearing them and no one else does? I'll tell the people I share a flat with why I'll be wearing a mask even in the kitchen but I'm scared they won't understand, might make fun of me and don't want to hang out with me because everyone in my accomodation who I've talked to really don't seem to care about the virus so they might think I'm a bit strange and a bit of a loser.

Even if they don't think I'm strange, I'm scared they won't want to hang out with me because they think I'll be too scared to want to interact with them or go out with them.
How do I explain it to my flatmates? Do you think they will understand or will they judge me and not want to hang out with me? Or do I just not wear a face mask because people will think I am very strange if I do.

Thanks in advance
I was gonna do the same thing:awesome:, if they judge you for it then you and your flatmates clearly have different values. In which case, ignore them and just carry on with your life.
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I am starting university in 2 weeks and feeling quite anxious about coronavirus cases in the UK so I would prefer to wear a face mask in the shared kitchen too. I heard that in the UK, kitchen group is considered part of your "household" so you don't need to wear a face mask but I'm feeling anxious so I would like to wear one.

Do face masks actually help that much if your the only one wearing them and no one else does? I'll tell the people I share a flat with why I'll be wearing a mask even in the kitchen but I'm scared they won't understand, might make fun of me and don't want to hang out with me because everyone in my accomodation who I've talked to really don't seem to care about the virus so they might think I'm a bit strange and a bit of a loser.

Even if they don't think I'm strange, I'm scared they won't want to hang out with me because they think I'll be too scared to want to interact with them or go out with them.
How do I explain it to my flatmates? Do you think they will understand or will they judge me and not want to hang out with me? Or do I just not wear a face mask because people will think I am very strange if I do.

Thanks in advance
Are you in a chat group with them now? Telling them in advance will be easier if so, that way they'll just expect it when they see you.

They'll probably be a bit surprised, but part of getting to know your flatmates is understanding their quirks, just say you are extra anxious about coronavirus and so you're going to wear a mask and keep on the other side of the room from them.

I suspect after a week or so you'll not worry as much any more.
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Hi, thank you for your reply.

I understand where you are coming from which is why I had some doubts about wheter the face mask would help that much. I plan to be as carefull as I can in washing my hands after I have touched the door handle or the kettle. I am anxious about the virus which is why I would prefer not to catch it. I hope to do everything I can to not catch it myself and not to spread it to other people which is why I wanted to wear the face mask.

So you are saying that I should just not wear the face mask and hope for the best?
If you are fairly young it won't affect you much; there's really no need to be anxious about it. 80% of people have no symptoms according to doi.org/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2020-215091. Even if you do have symptoms they are unlikely to be worse than mild flu. The average age of people dying is greater than the life expectancy.

Personally I wouldn't wear a face mask in the kitchen. Not only does it not offer much (if any) protection, but it will make others stay away from you, whether the people in this thread agree or not. Your main aim should be making friends not thinking about this virus - take it from me I had a miserable time at university as I had no friends (I didn't live in halls in first year). Make the most of living in halls and get some good friends, good luck.
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Its completely up to you, most people I know who don't take the virus seriously don't care what others do. Frankly, if they laugh at you about wearing a mask then they probably aren't the type of people you want to be friends with
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I am starting university in 2 weeks and feeling quite anxious about coronavirus cases in the UK so I would prefer to wear a face mask in the shared kitchen too. I heard that in the UK, kitchen group is considered part of your "household" so you don't need to wear a face mask but I'm feeling anxious so I would like to wear one.

Do face masks actually help that much if your the only one wearing them and no one else does? I'll tell the people I share a flat with why I'll be wearing a mask even in the kitchen but I'm scared they won't understand, might make fun of me and don't want to hang out with me because everyone in my accomodation who I've talked to really don't seem to care about the virus so they might think I'm a bit strange and a bit of a loser.

Even if they don't think I'm strange, I'm scared they won't want to hang out with me because they think I'll be too scared to want to interact with them or go out with them.
How do I explain it to my flatmates? Do you think they will understand or will they judge me and not want to hang out with me? Or do I just not wear a face mask because people will think I am very strange if I do.

Thanks in advance
Unfortunately, unless you're wearing goggles or a visor with it, a face mask won't protect you. Everyone would need to wear one to protect each other, which they won't do, especially as you're considered a household. So personally I would suggest not to wear one. Keep you distance from the others if you have to and keep washing your hands and surfaces.
The others may feel alienated and like you're not wanting to be a part of the household, which we know isn't the case. I think you should definitely convey you're worry about getting COVID so that they're aware and considerate.
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Just do whatever feels best to you - if you feel safer with a face mask on, just wear one! I'm sure people won't judge you for it; after all, it looks like you're not planning on judging them for not wearing one, so I don't see why it wouldn't work both ways. Tell people why you're doing it, have a laugh about how you're a super careful worrier, and move on from the subject. If anyone does judge you, they're clearly not worth your time, and it's really best to find that out as soon as possible; I know a lot of people who spent months trying to shake off all the wrong friends they'd made in the first few weeks, so your mask might even help you sift out the people you wouldn't want to know anyway.

As for the people in this thread saying you won't even be sick: perhaps you'll be asymptomatic or it'll only be like a flu, or perhaps it'll be worse. A friend of mine in his twenties died of it, without any prior health problems. The fact that some can be blasé about this pandemic doesn't mean they're more 'realistic' than those of us that do worry - they've just been very lucky that it didn't hit their loved ones.
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It's not a "global" pandemic, since 'pandemic' implies the global part in its own definition. So many people say 'global pandemic' and I'm afraid it just sounds moronic.
Umm not all pandemics are global. We say global pandemic as it's all over the world. Pandemics can be isolated to specific regions you know.
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