I think it is safe to say that, until recently, the majority of us didn’t think about face masks much. Other than at Halloween, it isn’t all that common to don a mask, especially if you’re an adult. And truly, when we speak of masks these days what we really mean is a covering over your mouth and nose. This brings to mind, in my case at least, the winter scarf. Oh how I hated wearing that fuzzy wool thing when I was a kid! And yet, when temperatures dropped it was a necessity, even as my glasses would immediately fog over as I would stumble my way through the snow. Still, common sense dictated protecting oneself from the elements.
But of course these days, the very word “mask” conjures a political landscape which is slowly taking shape before our very covered – or not covered – eyes. To mask or not to mask? That is the question.