Since COVID-19 began to make headlines, so have face masks. There’s been a lot of discussion about face masks and its effectiveness in protecting people against the coronavirus. In America, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have gone back and forth about whether face masks are required or not. The CDC finally recommended the use of cloth face coverings in helping to slow the spread of COVID-19.
When it comes to a face covering, the CDC says they should fit snugly against the side of your face, be secured with ties or ear loops, include multiple layers of fabric, allow you to breathe without feeling restricted and if they are made out of cloth, the face covering should be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or changing the shape. You’ve likely seen on the news, however, that masks are in short supply, leading to CDC and White House to ask that N95 masks and surgical face masks be left for healthcare workers. So, what does that leave you with? Well, you could make your own mask out of scarf or bandana that you have laying around your house or you could buy a mask online that can serve as both a protection against the coronavirus while also being a fashion statement.
Here’s a list of companies and designers who are making a variety of different face coverings and masks, from the practical to the more elaborate fashion-forward masks that’ll not only fend off germs but turn a few heads as well.
The Alabama Chanin masks are made from double-layered, 100 percent organic cotton sourced from Texas. Creator Natalie Chanin creates this masks either by sewing them herself or using a machine in her Florence, Alabama factory. These masks are tightly woven to create a semi-impermeable fabric that allows you to breathe but also provides another layer of protection. These masks are also washable and reusable and designed to meet the medical standards of the COVID-19 medical providers in an effort to support the prevention of coronavirus. BUY NOW
Ball and Buck
Are you a huntin’ and fishin’ kinda guy? Head over to Ball and Buck and get yourself a non-medical grade Original Camo mask. This Camo mask is made in America and offer some protection from water droplets while allowing you to show off your sporting values. Even beyond coronavirus, these masks are great to wear for around-the-home projects such as sanding, sawing or painting. BUY NOW
Fresh & Fly
Fresh & Fly is a brand based out of Albany, NY. Like many small businesses, this brand saw the growing need for face masks and decided to make their own, with a very fashion-forward twist. Fresh & Fly’s Graphic Fashion Face Mask ditch the typical plain medical blue design and instead go for eye grabbing graphics, such as Ben Franklin with “Say Less” ripped across his mouth or a jumping Biggie. Each mask is designed to fully cover your nose and mouth and are washable and reusable and come in at $20 before shipping. BUY NOW
Sometimes all you need is something simple at a good price, and that’s what Modern American is offering with its masks. Modern American has created a reusable 6-pack of non-medical grade face masks that’s washable, moisture wicking and comes with a full mesh lining. Better yet, not only do you get 6 black masks for just $25 but with ever 6-pack purchased, the company will donate a 6-pack to healthcare workers, essential service workers and other healthcare workers. BUY NOW
The Oula Company
If you’re in search for a mask but like a little bit of mystery in your life, place your order for a mask made by The Oula Company. These masks are made using random fabric that are typically going to be of the more colorful variety. These are 100 percent cotton, hand-sewn in America, and they go so far as to offer both male and female design print options to choose from, though the final design will vary with each order. The Oula Company’s masks are made with a N95 pocket included. BUY NOW
Of course, if buying a face mask doesn’t appeal to you and you’d rather make your own, there are plenty of tutorials online right now to help you get started. Check out the CDC guidelines for face coverings as they relate to COVID-19 by clicking here.