The Creative Side of COVID-19: Use Face Masks to Express your Creativity.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).

According to the CDC, a simple cloth face coverings will slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. 

Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

People listened to the CDC’s advice and kicked it up a notch. Since face masks have become commonplace, the creative types among us are putting their creative spin on masks. They are turning face masks into art projects and expressions of identity. 

Here are a few favorites:

While donning your work of art remember these few pointers:

  • Face masks should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious or incapacitated.
  • Masks should not be placed on a person who is unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Surgical masks or N-95 respirators are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.
Face Mask
Image credit: CDC

How to Wear Cloth Face Masks

Your face covering should—

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to the shape
Face mask
Image credit: CDC

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