Now that U.S. public health agencies are endorsing the importance of wearing masks, everyone is rushing to buy them or create them. If your friends are anything like my friends, then you know a lot of people who are sewing and stitching masks to help the medical community and lay citizenry.
I don’t think the pandemic is going away anytime soon. It might, but I don’t think we will return to our old lives as quickly as we’d like. In case I’m correct, then we should be prepared to have a lot of masks on hand.
It may come to pass that a mask will be as important as your underwear or socks. It will be something that you will not think about when you put it on. Look at Asia, for instance. Masks are ingrained in their culture.
When you look for a mask, try different fabrics. See what works best for your face. If you wear eyeglasses or have long hair or a big nose, maybe one kind of mask is better-fitting than another kind of mask. Experiment.
There are many clothing brands, craft stores, and other retail businesses that are producing and selling masks. Why not buy one or two or five? Add them to your collection. Buy other masks from your friends who are following design templates and making their own. Get masks for your friends.
Also, while there’s nothing wrong with having a supply of bandanas, balaclavas, scarves, and other face coverings, please keep in mind that they aren’t masks and they may allow more germs to penetrate through the fabrics. They could work in a pinch if a mask is unavailable, delayed in arrival, or hanging in an airtight bag after you hand washed it.