At first, no one wanted to wear one. Masks were a nuisance. They were ugly, and you couldn’t make out people’s facial expressions. It was like living in a world of strangers.
But as the pandemic dragged on, people got used to wearing them. They even began to seek out masks with certain colors, shapes, and designs. Masks became fashionable. They made personal statements.
People grew attached to their masks. They were no longer an accessory. Masks had become part of people’s identity.
When the pandemic finally passed, few took off their masks for fear of not recognizing anyone, including themselves.