A local man holding in a sneeze for about 11 months now is thrilled to see mask mandates ending, as this is starting to get uncomfortable.

Nick Darter, 30, began holding in his sneeze early last April as it’d be gross in his mask, but his paranoid about COVID-19 prevented him from ever taking his mask off. Now – with government telling him he can – he is ready to have a big old sneeze.

“I can’t wait to just go ‘ah choo’ as loud as possible,” Darter said. “Maybe even on a person or some food. It’s been so long. I’m glad it might finally be safe to take off this mask and let the germs fly.”

Darter is also planning to blow on some stuff and possibly spit on some things.