The mask isn’t to protect me from germs, but to protect others from my germs. After two weeks of being sick, I decided (with some prodding from George) that I should visit the doctor. I had tried every over-the-counter remedy I could think of  as well as had been using my SinuCleanse netti pot. My nurse practitioner said that I had bronchitis, so I should be back to normal after a few days of the antibiotics.