Nothing shady about the title 🙂 . Nothing to hide 🙂
Am sure I reminded you of ‘The Mask’ and Jim Carrey 🙂
This post is all about how the ‘Mask’ has become one of the most important accessories during the last 9 months.
My ‘Mask’ is now a constant companion from the moment I step out of the house.
Having struggled with frequent Sore throat problems and dust allergies followed by Antibiotics all these years, I wanted to check if a Mask would help me stay away from these issues. I invariably end up with a Sore throat if I inhale any kind of dust .
Before I went ahead and bought a mask, I did some research on the internet on the varieties of masks that are available.
Long ago I had read about how an N95 mask can protect the wearer from viruses .
I also learnt the difference between a Respirator and a Surgical Mask.
A Respirator protects the wearer from the environment. Learnt that the N95 Mask is a Respirator.
A Surgical Mask protects the Environment from the wearer of the Mask, so that the wearer of the mask doesn’t transfer any unwanted viruses/bacteria to others.
Bought one N95 Mask that appeared simple , lightweight and comfortable to wear and not too expensive , on Amazon. There are several varieties that one can easily buy online.
Unfortunately I was unable to wear this beyond 5 minutes. Felt suffocated and it was too tight on my face.
The above image is a simple N95 Respirator that I tried.
With the bad experience of wearing an N95 mask , I wanted to try the surgical Mask . If a Surgical Mask can stop letting viruses go out while we breathe/talk then obviously it can stop viruses from getting in too 🙂 . With this conclusion I bought a few normal surgical masks. These are very light and so comfortable to wear. Hardly any suffocation. I liked wearing these even if it meant that I appeared like hospital staff who forgot to remove the mask after leaving the Hospital 🙂
I now keep a bunch of these in the car seat back pocket.
I began using these when visiting public places like Supermarkets, farmers markets, Malls and Movie theatres . Initially I did feel a little awkward and tried covering my Masked face with my Dupatta/chunni.
A Dupatta/Chunni is like a long scarf worn over the shoulders.
Very soon I felt the Dupatta was restricting my head/facial movements. Stopped using the Dupatta and felt relieved and free. It is not my problem if people are uncomfortable looking at my masked face 🙂 🙂
There are times when I travel through dusty roads and in spite of sitting in a car I felt I should be using a Mask . All the vehicular pollution was making me depressed. I was sure that some of the polluted air was entering the car too. I didn’t want to take any risk of being exposed to any kind of dust.
Very soon I was wearing the Mask everyday on my way to work and back home even while seated in the car :).
I soon started noticing the benefits of wearing a Mask. I haven’t experienced a Sore Throat and Bronchitis issues ever since. It’s been 8 months since I started using a Mask.
I always carry a few Masks in my handbag too. These are disposable Masks which I discard every 2-3 days. Initially I was buying Masks in 10s from the local Pharmacy. Very soon I bought a big box of Disposable ones online and now I don’t have to worry about running out of them. They are very affordable and effective.
I wish more and more people begin using these Masks thereby protecting themselves and also not transmitting viruses to the environment and those around us.
A lot of men and women in all the cities in India are using Handkerchiefs , Dupattas/ Chunnis to protect themselves from pollution. I sincerely wish that those to see me will be inspired to use these disposable masks 🙂