CORONAVIRUS MEDIATED NOSE MASKS, FACE MASKS OR MASKED FACE COMBAT – CRACKING THE HYMEN OF ILLUSION FROM THE FACES OF THE MASCARAS.
A survey of attitudinal changes of peoples towards the epidemiological outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 popularly coined as (COVID-19) that has changed almost every aspect of lifestyle in over 98% of the countries of the world and turn them into mascaras was assessed locally. The observation of the behavioural response of the people studied showed psychological fear, stigma, misinformation on the identity of the virus, the characteristic, the pathogenesis, the first-line management, the therapeutic options – orthodox or generic and the fiction associated with this fingerprint of this monster called COVID-19. The abuse of one of the preventive methods of keeping the virus at bay observed was the evolution of homemade locally sown fabric nose mask that is ubiquitous and sold at the cheapest rate of fifty nairas per one, has turned many to mascaras on our street. An ideal nose mask with the capacity and integrity to prevent invasion of the virus must combine high breathability with exceptional filtration efficiency. It must be sterile and must not permit percolation of water from outside to the inside (fluid resistance) and also must not induce suffocation. Contrary to the costume sown fabric materials which can serve as a hibernation and incubation hood for the invincible virus intended to be walled off the vicinity of their nasopharyngeal arena. Although, the cloth sowed facemask /nose cover has the capacity to block the instant entrance of the viral particles but at the same time, it could be a hibernating port for these obligate intracellular parasites to initiates its pathogenesis and launch their biochemical coup detát – the sense and nonsense of face mask in Nigeria. Cracking the hymen of illusion from the odyssey of COVID-19 made mascaras on Nigerian street.
Keywords: Coronavirus, Face mask, hymen of illusion, The Mascara