After the 2002 Sars epidemic,face masks became a matter of common sense in Asia. A growing research indicates that wearing masks – even if they’re not closely fitted or medical grade – can slow the spread of viral loads by up to 80%.
We’re now 20 months into the COVID-19 global pandemic and people have become accustomed to wearing all kinds of face masks on a daily basis – from medical face masks to ones made by more traditional clothing brands.
Many fashion brands sold masks designed to complement an outfit, and maybe protect you from pollutants. K-pop stars are also frequently spotted wearing surgical face masks, which has spurred their popularity. When many of them started wearing black face masks, that trend spread amongst young fans too.