When it comes to dealing with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), knowledge is key to keeping you and your love ones safe. We got a podcast breaking down COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, a style guide for when the virus goes nuclear and destroys the world, as well as some great memes to get you through the darker days.
Today we are going to be talking about masks. Not the mask that you wear for Halloween or the one you put on right before you head to work, we are talking about surgical masks to protect yourself from COVID-19.
According to the World Health Organisation, you should only be wearing a mask when taking care of a patient diagnosed with COVID-19, are coughing or sneezing, and the mask should be worn in conjuncture with rigorous hand washing to maximize its effectiveness.
But there seemS to be two different extremes points-of-view when it comes to mask-wearing. The West seems to liken the surgical mask worn by regular folks during times of outbreaks to the ones worn by plague doctors treating the bubonic plague—a symbol of impending doom. On the other hand, in the East, mask-wearing is seen as one of the ways to help combat the spread of infectious diseases.
Between deciding to go mask on or mask off, we believe that no matter what accessories you decide on, there is always a stylish option. If you are looking for a mask that goes better with your outfits, then you are in luck.
Below, we rank fashion face masks in order of their usefulness against COVID-19.
5. Gucci custom lace mask
The Gucci custom lace mask that was seen on Billie Eilish at the Grammy Awards might have been a reference to the Louis Vuitton lace monogram surgical masks created by Marc Jacobs. It is definitely a stylish option, but does very little in protecting your from droplets of COVID-19. Guys. it's lace.
4. Off-White cotton mask
The Off-White cotton mask has become a key piece of the Hypebeast uniform, and it is ubiquitous with all things street. That being said, the cotton fabric does not provide much coverage against Covid-19, but still better than lace. Just remember to wash this cotton mask daily.
3. A-Cold-Wall detachable-visor technical shell cap
While this number is technically more of a cap than a mask, the protection comes in the form of detachable technical flaps. While it might be hard to breathe through the shell fabric, it does have a certain water-resistant element that makes it better than the first two entries. Bonus points for being able to wear it when the COVID-19 episode dies down.
2. Maison Martin Margiela Couture crystal-embellished facemask
Made famous by Kanye West, this facemask from Maison Martin Margiela's autumn/winter 2012 haute couture collection is a bold and advanced style move. The crystal-embellished mask might not protect you from COVID-19 in the traditional sense, but when social distancing is just as important as washing your heads, this bad boy will help scare everyone away and thus achieving maximum social distancing.
1. Marine Serre silver R-PUR edition reflective moon anti-pollution mask
Marine Serre has been sending out apocalypse-ready garments for a couple of seasons now, but the purest expression of this idea is the anti-pollution mask made in collaboration with French company, R-PUR, that specialises in making masks with nano-filtration. It is truly the best of both worlds: style and protection.