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Funky face masks: Self-protection with flair amid COVID-19 wave!

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Many of everyday fashion staples that were taken for granted were once rooted in utility. Jeans were designed as a solution to miners’ needs for durable work-wear. Pants were adopted by women when they entered the workforce in World War 1. And the invention of casual sportswear coincided with the new fast-paced lifestyles of Americans in the 1970s.

So while face masks are now being adopted to reduce the spread of COVID-19, they’re quickly becoming an everyday fashion accessory here to stay. Of course, this isn’t to play down the global pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic is not an excuse for a fashion show, but as people lose their ability to communicate through smiles and visual cues with most of their face covered up, they have to come up with alternative ways of making a first impression.

As the surgical N95 masks are in short supply, ordinary citizens instead opt for handmade masks. It’s important to note that these masks are not medical-grade, and do not fully protect one from the virus.

They can, however, help reduce the spread of the virus by those who are asymptomatic and offer incremental protection against liquid particles. Overall, a mask is better than no mask, and purchasing one provides struggling fashion businesses with an alternative stream of revenue.

Many are repurposing left-over materials in an attempt to reduce waste and upcycle. The masks were not originally intended for sale. Instead they create a fun and unique campaign that not only encourages people to self-protect with flair, but also inspires others to turn their talents into creativity during lockdown.

Weekend Life this week checked few fashion designers who are up all day and night putting in some creative magic, creating fashionable masks for donations, and few to earn some coin. In Tonota, chic fashion designer, Theo Khumo proposed that they be steered on which cloth is apt for creation of fabric masks.

‘’I think Ministry Of Health should guide us on the specification of the cloth masks. I am not an expert in doing masks but I think some people are just making 1ply masks to sell, gain profits and forget about what we are trying to curb. I have seen cloth masks being sold at P5.00 – P10.00 being of low quality, also putting the lives of Batswana in hazard.

May we do proper 3ply masks that companies, businesses and Batswana can appreciate and use? Let’s not just grab a single fabric and make a mask,’’ she said. Kaone Moremong, Founder of House of Kay said there is a need to open fabric stores to allow designers to obtain suitable material for designing funky face masks.

‘’People are using of any kind materials they have in their spaces and I do not blame them. Yes all fabrics will stop the droplets from reaching the next person, but at what expense? Respiratory conditions are countless, now imagine having asthma (or other problem) inducing chemicals from certain fabric dyes while trying to avoid a respiratory disease.’’

Meanwhile, government has issued legislation that makes it compulsory to wear masks or face coverings in public places, businesses and common areas of residential buildings from 1 May 2020.

Specifications have been issued in an official media release stating that medical and non-medical masks needed to be worn by members of the public. Whiles the medical versions are to be used by persons working in high risk areas, others have to wear the non-medical type.

“Cloth face mask or home-made item that covers the nose and mouth or another appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth when in a public place,” the release said of the non-medical masks.

The government urged the public to stick to non-medical masks in order to free scarce medical masks for health workers. Vendors are to sell medical masks to only persons in the medical profession, health workers, and persons handling clinical waste or involved in COVID-19 related activities.

Government cautioned that the use of the masks whiles helping to decrease the probability of contracting the virus also need be observed along with “specified personal hygiene practicing and social distancing.”


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