When Nazmi Baraghi left his apartment in the capital on Monday, he knew the world he was entering was steeped in multitudes of viruses and bacteria.
But the 34-year-old college student was unafraid, his courage undergirded by the knowledge that even the dreaded coronavirus could not harm him because of the mask draped across his sweaty chin.
With one tiny piece of cloth, Baraghi ensured that the dreaded virus that had infected millions of people worldwide would not be able to take hold on the wiry outcrops of his beard hair, seeping through them into his bloodstream and on to his lungs.
“The nose is naturally protected by hair and secretions and layers of particles from air pollution that make it impossible for even oxygen to come through,” Baraghi said in an interview. “And you can make sure that your mouth is free of the virus by spitting every now and then.”
Baraghi said the coronavirus was an exceptionally resourceful virus, and would have likely already figured out that it was easier to enter the body through unexpected openings than try to circumvent the masks that are now so popular among humans.
“Even if what they say is true, as soon as the virus sees the mask, no matter where it is located, it will know that attempting to enter will be futile, and therefore there is no need to suffocate myself with it,” he said.