It’s been almost two week since the recommendation to wear masks when you couldn’t stay 1.5 metres away from others. This includes public transport.
Still, there’s some benefit in the rules being clear-cut. And while out on my walk, I’m wary of joggers and runners suddenly huffing and puffing past me. Some of them give other people a wide berth, some don’t.
Peter Doherty can see the advantage:
Getting a mask
Given sewing is not my thing, I had ordered some reusable masks way back in April, so we would be ready to start using them when and if there was a recommendation or order to use them.
But my forward planning didn’t include ordering enough for us to be able to swap them in and out as we used them.
Personally I’d rather not buy single-use masks. They have their purpose, but the world has enough litter.
I have since bought some more masks, mostly online. Ironically the easiest to use, best fitting mask is the first one I bought – but they’re no longer available. And while there are now many other suppliers, including local companies, they are understandably now being inundated.
Finding the best mask for you might be luck of the draw. There are lots of different designs, and it’s a little hard to know what works best without trying them. I’ve discovered I personally prefer elastic over ties, and I prefer something with a filter pocket so you can add extra layers (though just tucking a handkerchief into the mask also works okay).
Even with my favourite mask, I wouldn’t say I love wearing it – particularly when I’m on one of my fast walks (so fast that Google Fit sometimes thinks I’m running) when I’m breathing more heavily than usual.
But none of the current situation is ideal. I’ll wear a mask when I’m out. When I have to go out.
It’s just what we all have to do to get through this and help get the numbers down.
How are the rest of you managing?
- DHHS official information on restrictions from Wednesday night – and there’s also specific detailed information on face coverings (and exclusions)
- A good ABC article on masks
- The Age compares and reviews reusable masks
- News.com.au also has a guide to masks
- Seeing too much of your own home? The Window Swap web site lets you take a look at someone else’s view!