One thing is for sure: Masks are everywhere, from the most protective KN95 masks to the flimsy blue surgical masks to all different handmade cloth masks, we are wearing them.
On 4 May 2020, Italy ended its 2 month confinement (the longest so far in Europe) and started partial deconfinement - although people are allowed to finally go out, they almost have nowhere to go: the bars and restaurants are still closed, the cinema and theatre are still not open...and people have to wear masks on public transport, in stores or even just on the streets if it's difficult to maintain safe social distance(How to know?)
Besides Italy, more than 50 countries including Spain and Portugal have made wearing mask compulsory (except noticeably UK) to slowdown the spread of coronavirus.
WHO may still think it's unnecessary for people with no symptoms to wear masks, but if one look at how the coronavirus has been behaving in Asian countries like China, Hongkong, South Corea where people are used to wearing mask even before the outbreak, and European countries where almost nobody even do, it's not hard to make your own decision: Wearing masks definitely helps, although we do not how much.
Scientists in different countries have agreed that it will be at least one year to 18 months before any vaccine can be developed, and a new study reveals that the coronavirus has mutated and appears to be more contagious now, which means the vaccine may not be as effective as we hope when it's finally available.
So we'll be wearing masks when we are not home in the foreseeable future, whether we like it or not.
And besides, if we make enough effort, the masks not only can protect us, it can also decorate us, like other accessories such as sunglasses, scarves, even giving us a sense of mystery, when we walk around with mask that blend in with our outfits.
Fashion changes because we are tired of what we wear, but also because something in our life style has changed. The accessories like hats and gloves were out of fashion because we did not need to wear them anymore.
Now, will face masks become fashion because we need them, or because we are used to wearing them after we do not need them?
The two-piece red suit of the Italian label Luisa Spagnoli features a pure wool peplum jacket with black buttons and cinched waist detail and a matching red pencil skirt, which she purchased from Hollie de Keyser, a boutique in London’s Knightsbridge.
When: 26 Febrary 2011 St Andrews University, Scotland,