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My first memory of a mask is that of the Lone Ranger's, the good horse rider, a hero, wearing a black one, over the eyes, then come the masked Western riders shouting and shooting, mostly in the movies, but masks have a long varied history and are found in fields of medicine theater and culture. The current mask wearing all over the world is for safety and protection against the Corona Virus
To take a phrase from the introduction of the Writer's Pantry -
everyone I saw wore a face mask
shows the growing awareness of the dangers of the pandemic.
Mask is scary as it supports the activities of bandits looters and terrorists.
A mask is applied to beautify the face also, but the question here is about ‘safety from infection of the deadly virus or is it?
Can a mask provide enough protection ? The covered nose and mouth will block the germs from entering the body?
A few lines from my poetry collection:
To meet another face we must prepare our own face
infection maybe present nearby, a fear’ that is the case
With time people will get used to this facial cover, and
wear it, recently were taking it off for a false phobia phase
Enemy invisible, the defense weapon, a minor cover, take it
be safe be well, be strong, be brave, or you may not make it.
Learning to live life anew, check for sleep diet light and stress
exercise, avoid TV read books, don’t worry if you change looks
The mask is license to leave house, stay clean in heart and mind
the time is tough a trial and a test, be good, be giving and be kind.