As stay-at-home orders caused by coronavirus begin to lift across the United States, it’s time to level up our face mask game.
When the global pandemic first started to spread through the United States, there was no formal protocol regarding face coverings in public. Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highly encourages wearing face coverings in public areas where practicing proper social distancing may be difficult (i.e. grocery stores) and to help reduce the likelihood of transmitting the virus to others.
According to somes news reports, the battle against COVID-19 is estimated to last through 2021 or until public vaccination is widely available and accessible. With that being said, the reality is that there are so many factors at play and we have no concrete answer of when this will all be over—and hopefully that’s sooner rather than later.
Until then, we need to make sure that we do the most that we possibly can to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities.
The New Fashion Trend That No One Asked For
There’s nothing comfortable or convenient or sexy about wearing a face mask.
There’s no part of me that’s excited about wearing a cloth face covering in the middle of the summer… or any other time of the year or ever.
In my opinion, it’s worth taking the precaution because if I wear a face mask and try to do all of the right things, the worst thing that happens is that I get weird tan lines on the beach and I know that I did everything that I could to reduce the transmission of coronavirus.
Practical Things to Consider While Building Your Face Mask Wardrobe
I currently have four different reusable cloth masks in rotation and there’s a good chance that I will be buying a few more.
With so many choices of non-medical masks available, how do you pick the right one?
Consider the different materials. From what I’ve seen so far, cotton and linen-blend fabrics are the most common fabrics being used. I prefer linen-blend face masks because they’re lighter and more comfortable to breathe in—double-layered cotton can get uncomfortably warm. If you’re concerned about having more protection, choose a mask that has a pocket to insert a filter.
Consider the type of “fastening.” Elastic or cloth ties typically help secure the mask on your face. I personally prefer the elastic that goes behind the ears, but if you’re wearing your mask for an extended period of time or need to adjust the fit of your mask, cloth ties are adjustable.
Consider where you’re buying from. I’ve ordered my masks from both brands and independent makers (see Etsy). I am going to try to support makers moving forward, but if I do purchase face masks from a brand, I want to buy from brands to pledge donations to their communities and other stakeholders combatting coronavirus.
Style Considerations for Face Masks
Do you want a minimal, clean look? White and other lighter neutral tones would be nice for the summer, but think about the colors that you normally wear for a monochromatic look.
Do you want to have more fun? There are a lot of fun prints and patterns out there! May as well make someone smile in our new get-ups…
It should go without saying that wearing a non-medical grade face mask alone will not effectively protect against infection—thoroughly washing your hands and properly practicing social distancing are also important preventative measures to help stop the spread of coronavirus.