Nasobuco or mask, necessary or fashionable
By Mercy Ramos
The nasobuco in Cuba or mask, as it is called in many countries, is today an essential garment for anyone, be it a child or adult, to travel the city and surroundings, many consider that it is here to stay, at least until the new coronavirus is eradicated. This garment, hitherto exclusive to physicians, has nowadays become indispensable for going out on the street, since it is the one that allows to avoid infecting people with that terrible disease that is transmitted through the micro-droplets that emanate when speaking or cough. As it is known, the surgical mask, chinstrap, or face mask partially covers the face and is used by medical and healthcare personnel to shun bacteria and viruses from the wearer's nose and mouth. Created in 1890, it was used to perform surgeries and protect doctors from communicable bacteria. Later, in 1910, it was used in China to prevent the third bubonic plague and in 1918 the world used it to protect itself from the Spanish flu. This shows that the mask is not something new, but dates back several centuries, always with the purpose of protecting people. According to specialists, simple surgical masks protect the user from being splashed in the mouth with body fluids as well as from splashing and infecting their patients and also prevent them from touching their nose and mouth, which could cause virus transfers and bacteria after having had contact with a contaminated surface or contaminating the patient by contact. It is important to note that with the start of the Covid-19 it is essential that people use these masks for their protection. The World Health Organization (WHO) indicates some general advice for its use, such as the placement of this covering the mouth and nose and knotting it firmly so that there are no separation spaces with the face. Do not touch it while wearing it, remove it with the correct technique (unknotting it at the nape of the neck without touching its front part), change the mask when it is wet and replace it with a clean and dry one, do not reuse disposable masks, these are some of the actions to continue on the correct use of this garment. Today, the mask is part of everyone's daily outfit and many and many are already thinking of making them in such a way that they match the color of the clothes or the design of a certain dress to stay fashionable. However, it is important to note that everyone, in addition to using the mask of their liking, keep their distance, at least 1.5 meters from another person, as this will contribute to their protection and avoid contagion.