With every microwave oven I have ever had, it has come with a plastic thing that you are (apparently) supposed to put over the food when microwaving it.
Some food products mention this and tell you to do it in the instructions, but most don't mention it whatsoever. I always use it except when it explicitly tells me not to.
However, what is the purpose of it? Is it purely to prevent splashing, messy liquids from popping all over the insides of the microwave oven? So it's only needed in such cases? Or does it have some kind of practical purpose related to heating the food?
Do the microwaves get blocked slightly from the plastic? Is this a good thing? Or is it for keeping the hot air very close to the food? Is it only really "used" after the heating is done and the food is cooling off inside the microwave oven, inside the plastic cover?
The plastic "cover" always has a pretty big hole in the centre of the top, or many small holes in the top.