Masks used to be the purview of bandits, bank robbers and superheroes; people who wanted to keep their identities concealed, but over the past year, masks have become essential for everyone, despite the reluctance of some. Now, we are all wearing masks whether we want to hide our identities or not.
One possible reason why COVID-19 hasn’t not had the impact in Japan that it has had in Europe or the US, is possibly due to how quickly and easily the use of masks was taken up. Wearing a mask in public is not a strange thing in Japan and it is very common among Tokyo commuters especially in the winter months. It is also common practice among family doctors and nurses at anytime of the year.