The scarf against the Covid, trendy but not protective

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Masked face. This is how the world now goes. Obligatory in a large part of the public space, the mask, therefore, becomes a reality of the daily silhouette as can a pair of sunglasses or a handbag. And what would the accessory be without raising the pleasant question of style? Overall, everything hinges on a few small details: color, print, material (cotton, silk, linen), and obviously choice of model (surgical masks, FFP2 or approved fabric).

Amber Heard wears the scarf as a mask

Amber Heard arrives at the High Court of Justice in London to testify in Johnny Depp’s libel suit against the British newspaper, The Sun, July 23, 2020.


It was without counting the scarf, seen this summer on a large number of famous noses. In July, Amber Heard and Johnny Depp each made it a cosmetic affair to attend their London court appearance in the actor’s lawsuit against the publishers of the British newspaper. The Sun. Folded in half, it forms a triangle, and wraps around the face, like the bandanas once used by cowboys to protect themselves from the dust when they led their herds. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the United States House of Representatives also uses fabric squares to protect her face, which she likes to match tone on tone with her colorful suits.

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The birth of a “trend”

In the streets of New York, we can also meet the actresses Sarah Jessica Parker, protected by a silk collar cover during her shopping sprees, and Sienna Miller for a walk, her face hidden behind a yellow scarf. The image of the latter – recognized for her sense of style – was propelled to the front page of the British fashion magazine Grazia, thus revealing a basic “trend” of the scarf mask tied in the manner of the demonstrators.

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Like the washable mask, it is greener than the disposable ones. Made from a petroleum derivative, they are not biodegradable, and are recycled very little because they constitute infectious waste. However, is the scarf effective? Last April, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio implored city residents to cover their faces when they left their homes, “even with a simple scarf or bandana.” Advice that might have seemed common sense in times of mask shortage, but which seems all the less defensible today, as the evidence on contagion by aerosols accumulates. As Afnor points out in its recommendations, all fabrics do not have the same filtering power and several layers are necessary to ensure good protection. Wearing a headscarf can therefore give a false sense of security to the wearer and make him forget the rules of social distancing. It is therefore better to stick to masks sold by professionals or that comply with current standards and keep your distance. Like a real cowboy.

Sienna Miller wears a yellow mask scarf

Sienna Miller on the streets of New York on July 28, 2020.

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