Before 2020, most of us have not even tried wearing a face mask for mere minutes, that is unless you are a healthcare worker. Now with the Covid-19 pandemic still lurking around, we have to deal with the many changes in our lifestyle. One of them is wearing a face mask.
When in public areas or making essential travels, most cities now require people to wear a mask, along with social distancing. Though face masks for medical practitioners have certain requirements like having to be correctly-sized N95 masks, there is a wide selection of masks now available for greater public. World Health Organization (WHO) also published their view on wearing face mask in the light of COVID-19 prevention measures, excerpt of which is shared below:
“Non-medical, fabric masks are being used by many people in public areas, but there has been limited evidence on their effectiveness and WHO does not recommend their widespread use among the public for control of COVID-19. However, for areas of widespread transmission, with limited capacity for implementing control measures and especially in settings where physical distancing of at least 1 metre is not possible – such as on public transport, in shops or in other confined or crowded environments – WHO advises governments to encourage the general public to use non-medical fabric masks.” (Read full WHO view here: WHO Q&A on Who Should Wear Mask)
While wearing face mask may bring discomfort to many, there are also ways by which we can make ourselves a little more at ease with it, other than the fact that we know it is our small contribution to how this pandemic can be managed.
Firstly, just remind yourself that practice makes better. Wearing a face mask for the first time is really hard for many people. As you do it more often, you will eventually get a little used to it.
Finding a mask that fits properly is also a challenge. The good thing is, a lot of mask manufacturers have taken their cue from a larger customer base now that mask is required for people in public areas. It now becomes easier than before to find masks of different sizes, you can even find sizes made for smaller kids and infants. Most masks also have adjustable elastic cord that allows you to make the strap shorter or longer depending on the shape of your face.
For better comfort, some masks also comes with breathing valves. Ear savers are now available as well for those who need to wear mask for long hours. A good mask also comes with a nose bridge that allows you to make it fit better on your face, which people wearing glasses appreciate as it helps prevent moisture going to their glasses when breathing.
Aside from the physical features of a mask, another concern is its affordability. The disposable masks are cheaper, but if you need to go out several times a week, maybe the washable ones will be a lot more economical for you. Some washable masks also have inside pockets where filters can be inserted. Aside from that, washable masks now come in different designs and colors. So if you want to stay fashionable despite having a mask on, you can choose from a wide range of designs or even go for the ones with personalized prints. Some even take this as an opportunity to make a statement and “be heard” by printing powerful messages in their masks.
Lastly, try to focus on the advantages and benefits of wearing a facemask now that it is part of our new, hopefully temporary, normal. For example, even without a full make-up on, ladies can go outside and do quick errands because who needs to put on a lipstick if you will cover it anyway? So yeah, that part is a trick for women to save time when prepping to go out.
We keep our hopes high that soon enough, we will find ourselves in a better situation where masks will no longer be needed and we will be free to smile at one another once again. So while we hide behind the masks, let us not allow it to steal more from us, keep going and stay positive. As a quote from CNN says, “A mask says a lot about the person wearing it, not wearing a mask says more about that person.”