Really....dropping under your desk...as a countermeasure or precaution for an atomic explosion?
Not nearly as atomic but never the less as asinine, the mask has taken hold of the U.S. population and in keeping with culture has taken on some degree of class and chic. Sure, you can possibly find a basic 95 surgical mask but why be plain-Jane when you can jazz it up and really bring-out the real you.
For those who still health over image, the following video:
About the mask
As to socialization and stigma, the mask sends mixed messages, the masked to unmasked (or anyone else in the vicinity):
- I am sick and do not want to infect you
- Somebody is sick and I do not want them to infect me
- The air is tainted or viral....
Which could make sense given that some cities and concentrated populations have such air quality not withstanding the application of masks in an industrial setting.