Every citizen uses it according to his perception of the virus, his fear of the disease, his respect for the rules. We offer on this double page a catalog of how many methods so far you can register about the use of the mask, in the street, in shops, during conversations, work, transfers on public transport. The catalog that represents the 8 most generalized cases answers the question “tell me how to wear the mask and I’ll tell you who you are”. Therefore, if obtaining a mask is an economic and commercial issue of national importance, the method of its use is instead linked to common sense, therefore to the sphere of personal responsibility towards others.
1) IT MUST BE WORN SO
Until boredom. And until the pandemic is overcome and passed: the mask must be worn and not worn. That is, it must cover the nose and mouth, wrapping the chin and adhering perfectly to the cheeks and saddle of the nose. The specific, professional ones with the filter are almost hermetic, while the more common one, the surgical one, needs more attention and also has a duration. It cannot be carried for several hours and recycled with an ordinary wash. According to studies, the surgical mask protects others. And if the others carry it (all), the chances of contagion are definitely reduced. Bringing it is mandatory in closed places and in case of approach to other or other people. It is a sacrifice worth making.
2) WITH THE NOSE IN THE AIR
Many noses that sprout, too many, and with danger. The coverage of the mouth alone is insufficient because – the call is trivial – we breathe and emit particles with the mouth and nose. Many justify the freedom of the nostrils because after some time the mask becomes overwhelming, a constraint on ventilation. But so, halfway, it is useless. On the Net there is a cartoon in which the opening of the nose is made equivalent to a lowered male slip … The nose in the air inspires and sucks everything and therefore makes it vulnerable to Covi d- 19. This lowering of the mask also weakens the defenses and represents the first stage (let’s call it this) of a relaxation of tension and attention to the dangerousness of the virus.
3) BEWARE OF THE REGGIO-MENTO
Down the mask. By dint of feeling annoyed by the mask or in the certainty that nobody is around, it can happen to forget it lowered on the chin. Crowds of citizens walk, pedal, travel in this condition always and in any case ready – they say – to bring the personal protective equipment back to the right position, on the mouth and nose. But the habit of regimenting can make you forget that in closed places or when you come into close contact with other people, the protection must be correct and total. This risk runs it – seen and reviewed around – smokers who for obvious reasons have an idiosyncrasy for all the masks. Under the lower lip: it is the second level of carelessness (the first is under the nose).
4) THERE IS, BUT IT IS LIKE A FOULARD
“Yes, however I have it. I’m still taking it with me. It’s here, don’t you see it? It is within reach of the nose and mouth. ” The justification is ready if there is a check, a reminder, a warning: the mask is even on the neck, wraps the neck, if it is of that kind with a single elastic or with ribbons to tie. Over time, with custom, the protective device thus gradually becomes a complement to clothing. You wear the mask but you don’t even notice it, but you feel okay. It is like a scarf precisely tied around the neck, which happens to be the typical accessory of the carefree country. Frequently those who lower it to that point is because they want to be heard and seen while speaking. Big mistake.
5) ON THE FRONT (VERY RARE)
We have also included in this catalog the case of the mask worn on the forehead. The case is very rare but documented. It happened that in the beginning, when we began to use these devices, when there was no practice. And so someone wore them upside down (with the underwire to be modeled under the chin) or even widening the elastic and putting the head on it. An important pioneer of this practice was the governor of Lombardy Attilio Fontana when he announced in a self-produced video in his Milan office that he had inaugurated self-isolation. This maneuver is therefore motivated and guided by a lack of experience which is in contrast with the advice not to touch the surface of the device, and to maneuver only the strings.
6) EARRING OR BANDIDOS
Another inconvenient, not recommended and useless way to wear and treat the mask is to disconnect it from an ear. That is, maneuver it as if it were a window, leaving it hanging on a single auricle as if it were an earring. All this makes a very dandy or a little bandidos (yes, when in films certain faces reveal their identity by moving the handkerchief away from the face, for love or to mark the grand finale). According to the case studies, this maneuver is carried out to show itself or to speak, to be heard, similarly to the previous scheme of the mask-scarf. Psychologically, it provides the idea – to the wearer and the public – that the device is physically present and ready for use. But it is an attitude.
7) IN HAND IT IS A CONCEPT
In the hands. Carried by hand. Excessive representation of the “necessary use”. There are also those who go around with the mask in their fingers, in their pocket or bag. In this case, the personal protection device decays from a permanent and fixed tool to an optional. So if you see the police or someone protests, here it is, the mask goes. It is the maximum (unacceptable) of the stylization of the garrison, that is, the transition from practical use to its conceptual evocation. Smart stuff. The same who do not tolerate the seat belt in the car and carry it tightly under a buttock, or hook it when they spot a checkpoint. The same people who travel by motorbike with their helmets not on, but propped up, because they are ugly.
8) WITHOUT (HEAD AND RESPECT)
We conclude the catalog with the case of those who just don’t wear it, don’t wear it. There are two parallel or crossed reasons: these individuals have a gigantic reputation or certainty of their resistance to coronavirus; and he doesn’t care about the health of others. The easing of tension / apprehension about the infection coinciding with Phase 2 has sent the swagger, the challenges, the forgetfulness into the wild. As if the disease and all its risks should only concern others. These behaviors are extremely dangerous. The absence of the mask coincides with the gatherings, the return to everything as before, to those who throw the mask and gloves where it happens. The machine of the new outbreaks is triggered precisely in these attitudes.