In the The Little Voices In My Head Keep Telling Me Get More Chickens Crew Neck Vintage Shirt and I will buy this coming weeks, it’s fair to assume dozens more designers will start making fabric masks for civilian use, whether or not it becomes an official CDC mandate. It’s a sharp pivot from what we saw just two weeks ago, when designers were more focused on sewing masks for healthcare workers. When it became clear that wasn’t going to work—mostly because fabric masks don’t offer enough protection, and N95s can only be produced in FDA-approved factories—the CFDA encouraged them to explore making other types of PPE, as well as fabric masks for people like us. If you’re in the market for one right now, consider the masks by Threeasfour; Citizens of Humanity; Maison Modulare, a new line of sustainable products by Hiraeth’s head designer Chrys Wong; and Lingua Franca, which isn’t selling masks, per se, but has shared virtual tutorials for hand-stitching your own. Rachel Comey also shared a how-to video on Instagram for making a fabric mask at home.
Selfies are certainly about to look a lot different, especially here in New York where cases of COVID-19 have risen to more than 47,000. But before you panic and wear your mask 24/7, my sister—a NICU nurse who wears them often—warned me of their vaguely dehumanizing effects. If you can’t see someone’s face, you can’t fully read their emotions or see their smile, and those connections are more important than ever these days. The advice we’ve heard is to wear a mask only when you’re out of the The Little Voices In My Head Keep Telling Me Get More Chickens Crew Neck Vintage Shirt and I will buy this house and it makes you feel safer, not when you’re on the couch FaceTiming your mom. Plus, you’ll need to take off your mask to properly sanitize it: “It’s important to wash them daily,” Taymour insists. “You need to treat your mask like workout clothes. If you worked out super hard the day before, would you wear the same clothes the next day?” Hand-wash yours in warm, soapy water, and let it dry completely overnight. If you’re looking to help other people get masks, too, Taymour says New York’s Division of Child Protection is accepting fabric masks for at-risk children. “I can only make so many, so anyone who can sew can help,” she says. “We’re stronger together.”