Masks have played a role in human society since around 7000 BC, for both practical and aesthetic purposes ranging from protection to entertainment. Simply put: a mask is an object that’s usually worn one’s face to disguise or decorate their appearance, suit them for participation in ceremonies or performances, or even shield them from harm.
Today, masks have reemerged as a very hot topic and it’s nowhere near Halloween season. Across the globe, the continual spread of the COVID-19 virus has placed mask wearing onto millions of minds. Thousands of years after its invention modern humans turn to half-masks, that cover the nose and mouth, as protection for themselves and one another from this dangerous infectious disease.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially ”recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.”
As function and form can certainly go hand-in-hand, many stylish mask options are now available and numerous people embrace face coverings as an opportunity for both self-expression and safety. Adapting to the slight discomfort of wearing a mask is not well received by everyone, however, and so we have compiled some tips to increase your comfort level while complying with the CDC’s guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Mask Comfort Tips-
- Ensure that your mask is fitting securely across the top of your nose/cheekbone area, to prevent warm breath from fogging up your glasses.
- Carefully adjust the ear loops (or head straps) on your mask, to keep it fitting securely over your nose and mouth, while avoiding over-tightening and irritating your ears, head and/or neck.
- Attach bothersome ear loops to a paperclip (or “ear saver”) behind your head, to alleviate the pressure on sensitive ears.
- Try out a newly adjusted mask at home for a little while before going out. This way, you can make further adjustments without touching or taking it off in public.
- Stay cooler this summer by choosing masks that are made of cotton, instead of other fabrics that may trap heat and moisture.
- Keep your mask dry and clean, staying diligent about laundering (or disposing of) your mask once it becomes soiled or wet.
- Think positively! We are wearing masks to help one another stay healthy and caring for those around us is ALWAYS worth it!
Always wash your hands thoroughly before putting your mask on, and wash hands immediately after taking it off.
For complete CDC guidelines regarding safe and effective mask wearing click here.