Masks, scarves or cloth facial coverings have always been an effective way to protect oneself from airborne pollutants such as allergens, pollens, bacteria and viruses. Every year spring time blossoms, it brings with it waves of pollens, with the hundreds of willow trees in our neighborhood, producing their fluffy catkin friends and the sniffles that follow. On a dusty day I wear a mask when I’m mowing my yard, as it really helps with my sinus allergies by blocking the dust and grass debris. Besides the two most popular types of masks, surgical and respirators N95 and N99, do it yourself (DIY) masks are really becoming a popular option for when surgical mask and respirators are not available.
The CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, like grocery stores, various retailers, restaurants and especially pharmacies. And now that we’re coming into the month of August I can say with confidence that we will have to wear facial coverings for the remainder of the year and most likely until the vaccine for Covid is well established, and that might not be until late spring of 2021. So if you have to wear a mask/facial covering you might as well have fun with it or shall I say some fun on it.
If you are a business owner, and you have a business logo, you should have cloth facial wear with your business logo on them, and have multiple ones. I know that hundreds of SERVPROs nationwide have had cloth masks made up with their logos, for their production, marketing and office staff to proudly display to others. And also just to give away. You could have some coverings logo’d with your favorite sports team. With your favorite uplifting quote. You could have a scripture from the Bible put on a few. With the Holidays coming sooner than later, you could have “the great pumpkin” - Charlie Brown or “Santa Clause is coming to town”. I am very positive that “Merry Christmas” on many masks will sure be a welcoming sight, and on the faces of young and old, when December first comes. You could even have a picture of your pet placed on one or even pay respect to a family member or friend who has passed.
Great conversations will be had by many if we all want to have some fun and stop stressing over the fact of having to wear one. The time will come when we will not have to wear a mask, but until then, let’s be kind, be creative and have some fun.