The Masks We Wear
The year 2020 is one that will go down in history. Covid19 came out of nowhere, disrupting our lives and our livelihoods. Efforts to control the spread of the disease have resulted in various pieces of legislation being passed; the latest of those being, the wearing of masks while in public spaces.
Social scientists have seized the opportunity to conduct empirical studies relating to the effects of the pandemic on society. One particular area of focus is the wearing of masks. Some researchers have found that wearing of masks may not only help to protect against the disease but also increase the level of perceived self-protection and solidarity, resulting in improved mental health well-being.
In our current situation, masks are being worn as a form of protection and they lead to some level of perceived security. I want to turn our attention now not to our physical masks but to our emotional masks.