The people of Planet Earth have been wearing masks for nearly two years or have been forced to do in light of the COVID-19 epidemic that seems to be extremely reluctant to help usher in the much-awaited unmasking of the Homo sapiens. There have been different levels of protests or complaints as well as the deemed-hazards of wearing masks constantly. In a way the citizens are showing signs of an acute mask-fatigue which is actually very unfair to even hint at in view of the pandemic-fatigue experienced by the tirelessly working medical fraternity-particularly during the peak periods like the disastrous Second Wave in India. However, the angle of the population cannot be disregarded as it is real. In certain instances, the mask-fatigue has led to massive protests or uprisings in the US or in certain European countries such as Germany. Therefore, it becomes our duty to study the factors while, sure enough maintaining our masks of sincerity in place.
Around us, we’ve been familiar with people cloaking themselves in some distinctive ways: some take it off a little lower so that their noses remain evidently visible, as if the wearer has just realized the significance of the organ in as when inhaling oxygen and exhaling nitrogen. some are still bolder wearing it like necklaces that are hung under their chins. Others are the more daring keep it in their purses or pockets and wearing it whenever the law enforcement officials arrive Similar to this, many others wear the same in shopping malls or similar locations where a “no mask, No Entry display is prominently displayed. The moment they enter they quickly say to the seller that they’re wearing the masks, no issues (in fact the mostly disguised shopkeepers and sellers do not need to just smile to them. They should command, ‘if you have it, why don’t wear it? ‘).
The older citizens haven’t been complaining as much as they recognize that they’re the least vulnerable group to contract. However, the fact that they are vaccinated in the doses required by law makes the elderly a bit more frank when they start complaining, and not removing the masks completely. They frequently cite doctors (we’re not aware if they were real or fictitious) informing them not to wear the masks while taking morning or evening walks as it could adversely affect their breathing process. But many elders including myself have had no discomfort during walks with masks on. Therefore, some don’t wear it at all and others display other ways of wearing it, such as not exposing the nose or wearing it as a necklace.
The young male community is believed to be the best example of people who have a habit of wearing masks with absolute disdain, particularly after getting vaccine-free. Their basic desire to impress others who look more like them is a significant factor because , with half of their faces concealed, they are unable to even afford to showcase their gorgeous features and other “fascinating” activities or behaviors. Their ‘brave’ and ‘chivalrous display is widely displayed on the streets, in the markets, in the parks or at the playgrounds and on their ‘brave-heart racing bikes, and not only putting others in danger of being hit as well as infecting others with the same disease. They are referred to as the future of our nation, but they miserably fail to appreciate their responsibility towards all in families or the others outside or within.
The girls of the young age group was extremely interested, from the beginning of the pandemic era, in wearing the masks, with many seeking out masks that fit their clothes perfectly or actively taking up the biggest pandemic industry mask-making. As in other instances, their passions were gradually replaced with mask-fatigue, which was influenced by similar tendencies to show beautiful faces with the full use of the cosmetics like the lipstick, which was drastically affected by the pandemic that was causing the most ill effects. Therefore, they’ve stopped wearing masks, and aren’t adhering to the distinct styles of wearing since all of them would adversely affect their beauty in different degrees and make it difficult for them to create the image they desire all around.
There is an extremely important mask-fatigue causing factor that affects all the communities mentioned as well as the extended summer due to global warming that leads to accumulation of sweat inside the masks. This causes it to become very uncomfortable to wear them continuously. However, why should you carry multiple masks with you? Remove it when the discomfort is too much, then wipe your face with a sanitized handkerchief and then wear the other mask and we will rebut. There are a lot of masks that are affordable in the market. Additionally, the sweat-factor comes in while traveling/going out, unnecessarily and crowding the trains or the metro trains, the flights or the buses or markets. For instance, it was the Durga Puja festival , ‘eat-only devotees’ crowded the fronts of the houseful restaurants within the Indian cities of Kolkata in particular, waiting for hours at the dead of the night, and of course, not noticing the masks due to the constant sweating or the fact that they’d be required to take off their masks once they got inside to eat. There’s a general consensus on this subject that you shouldn’t be eating with masks on.
The authorities, or the governments are in the process of making the wearing of masks compulsory all the time and some even imposing sanctions for violators. Authorities also look out for patterns of behavior in masks and require that you not wear masks beneath your nose , or on necklaces’. But unfortunately, the citizens of Planet Earth feel that ‘enough is enough’ and insist that the “unmasking” process must be introduced via hook or crook. In India due to the Diwali celebration coming up, the’mask-fatigue’ could in fact, usher in another peak of the pandemic reversing the desired unmasking process completely, God forbid. States of India prohibit fireworks during the Diwali celebrations, however they allow “green crackers” the ambiguity of a definition that leads to the usual pollution and crowds that display unrestrained ‘fire-power’ on display as seen this year.
It is important to conclude with an acknowledgment that no generalization is intended in this article. In reality, a significant portion of the population adheres to the norms of wearing a mask with great fervor as do people in all of the communities listed here. There is only one concern that is in the rising number of’unmasked Covidiots’ all over who put the norms-abiding population at risk. To take a serious tone at the conclusion the medical evidence has proven that vaccination jabs don’t guarantee full protection from infection or decrease the severity of the illness and hospitalizations; but those who suffer from multiple diseases and low immunity remain at a high danger, and young people endanger their lives by carrying the virus and spreading it.
Chinmay Chakravarty is a professional skilled in the creative field with more than two years of experience in journalism, writing, media co-ordination and film script writing film dubbing, film and video production, management of international film festivals, and editing of books & journals. Proficient in providing professional assistance in these areas. was an officer in the Indian Information Service and superannuated from the post of Director Press Information Bureau, Kolkata in Novemberof 2019. He published his first book on his own “Laugh and Let Laugh’ in 2017 and his second book The Cheerless Chauffeur and Other Tales 2021.