Masks: Public Armor and Fashion Statement

Masks: Public Armor and Fashion Statement

No longer limited to Halloween and Carnivale, masks have become the preferred public interface protection. Their purpose: to prevent the inevitable droplets ejected from one’s mouth during coughing and/or talking from spreading the disease to others.

It’s puzzling that vanity prevails and some people resist.

I guess a fortune spent on ‘Hollywood White’ teeth must not be hidden. People forget that mouths are seldom left open, in a wide smile, when placed in the open coffin when dead. Dead those peeps may be if they don’t enter the partnership of those who wear masks.

The evidence for wearing masks in public was very strong. Universal mask-wearing could be one of the most important tools in tackling the spread of COVID-19, preventing the second wave of global pandemic and preventing more thousands of deaths. Medical and scientific professionals agree. Currently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone wears a mask – as do the governments covering 90% of the world’s population. Isn’t 120,000 deaths in the US enough?

We should all wear masks.

Given all of the laboratory and epidemiological evidence, the low cost of wearing masks – which can be made at home with no tools – and the potential to slow COVID-19 transmission with widescale use, policymakers wish that everyone wears a mask in public. My husband had masks like the ones worn by the two guys in the photo above in his home workshop. Easy-peasy.

Consider this self-made mask, made extra safe by the use of a coffee filter. The steps for preparation are posted below –

While the man looks like a bandit, about to rob a bank, he’s safe during public interface. While I felt absurd and burglar-like the first time I entered our bank (I searched for opportunities to get out of the house safely, so preferred not to online bank), none of the bank personnel blinked.

Further, masks have become fashion statements. Smart people are done feeling thwarted and have become playful with masks. A beloved niece made me a very good mask – and then I adorned it with my flotilla of butterfly pins to remind me that I would be a social butterfly again someday.

Here’s another mask, made for an Irish lad, from fabric printed to resemble used bus tickets. He’s an Irish tour manager, so the mask is quite apropos. Note the mask’s divergent style.

Show me your ingenuity, your cleverness, your mindfulness of others, please and thanks, in the comments.

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