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Some Insight on Masks, Mandates, and Mitigation 

The current controversy over wearing masks, while the COVID-19 pandemic is still surging, has sometimes overshadowed the SARS-CoV-2 virus itself. Aside from the scientific proof that expresses the importance of wearing a mask, the other side of the argument is whether or not people should have the right to choose. Are mandates for mask requirements overstepping (and thereby considered a form of political control) or are mandates more of positive reinforcements during times of uncertainty?

Realistically and logically speaking, wearing a mask is helpful in reducing the spread of the virus – if worn correctly, that is. The fight against wearing a mask has a much deeper meaning than believing they aren’t effective. Taking a step back and to examine where the use of masks in this situation stems from may be just the insight needed to generate a better understanding as to why they are necessary to stunt the widespread transmission of this virus.

Although wearing a mask in public may be new and foreign to most of us, on a global scale and over time, it is generally not a novel concept. In fact, combating infection and the spread of illness while wearing a mask (and even a full suit) for protection has been a historic part of medicine. Dating all the way back to the 1340’s, a mask was constructed, however, it was not really used until the 17th century during the plague. This design is what they believed to be the most helpful “combat gear” while treating their patients. A full-faced mask that included a beak for a bird-like resemblance was designed to completely protect doctors from attracting any contagions. The beak was also stuffed with perfume and aromatic herbs for the utmost protection and to prevent inhalation of the “bad air”.

As time continued, other uses were adopted, and masks were even built into a sense of fashion while blocking the bacteria found in dust particles that were carried through the air from outside construction. Cotton masks designed to catch bacteria and prevent the spread were later tested, but did not exactly catch on until many years later when cotton-filtered versions were crafted and used for medical personnel during surgery and generic procedures in 1910. There were a couple of other historical points such as the global flu pandemic that announced the use of masks to be worn both medically and publicly. Even with unknown variables, people rejected the concept because of the control that they felt around the mask suggestions.

Over the course of a century, extensive research was done to identify necessary reasons to wear masks, as well as the proper materials that would in turn benefit people the most. The evolution of masks has come a very long way, and although there is not anything stating that they are a cure for all or even anything, it is well-known that masks are preventative measures and aid in slowing the spread of illnesses. The mask itself has evolved, however, the feeling of needing to exert control when told or recommended to wear one has not changed as much.

For most people, it is not comfortable to wear a mask, especially in an indoor setting and when communicating with others. Something as simple as a smile is a positive form of silent communication and the full impact of one is missed because a mask is covering the gesture. On the other hand, wearing a mask can be considered a gesture in itself. Instead of the “hello” that a smile may say, a mask might say “I am happy to protect myself and others around me”.

There are certainly pros and cons of wearing a mask and we can trust that we are probably sharing some of the same thoughts around them. In place of some of the negative points that we tend to harp on, we should really consider the positive impact that wearing a mask has had, not only in the COVID-19 pandemic, but also throughout the years. That silent smile goes a long way, but in our current world, a mask speaks loudly an effort to help in a positive way. Food for thought!


Nosegays 

As mentioned in this month’s newsletter, during a time of plague in the 1600s, masks with a large beak were worn by doctors and other officials to guard themselves against the infection. The bird-like protrusion of the protective gear was often filled with aromatics. Did you know they are called “nosegays”?

Doctors used the aromatics, which included flowers and herbs, for dual purposes. First, they believed that these specific materials stuffed into the beaks would help filter out what was making everyone who came into contact with it extremely sick and quite quickly thereafter dead. Unfortunately, this idea didn’t work very well, and most doctors treating plague-sickened patients succumbed to the dreaded infection (or complications from it) themselves.

The second use for the nosegay is to literally keep the nose “gay”, as in happy. Also, “gay” at that time referred to a decoration, and since these small flower bunches were meant to be placed under the nose for periods of time, “nose decoration” is also an apropos translation. There’s no doubt that 17th Century air must not have been pleasant to breathe (or taste), considering all the death, pestilence, and the prior-to-plague lack of public and household sewage or water treatment facilities. Doctors were not immune to feeling nauseous from this, and the nosegays helped them deal with the foul stenches they encountered.

Nosegays were not just for mask beaks or doctors – women of the era would carry them to help disguise their lack of frequent bathing… not only to keep happy their own noses, but the olfactory organs of others as well. File this factoid under ‘blunt but true’. Brides used to also carry nosegays to ward off bad luck and spirits intent on ruining their special day or marriage, and to this day they are still the choice of some wives-to-be. Besides the nosegay’s beautiful appearance, and being a traditional wedding day talisman, maybe if someone in the wedding party was about to faint, a deep whiff of the fragrant bouquet, also called a tussie-mussie, might just bring them around, kind of like smelling salts.


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