Face masks are part of the new normal. Let’s embrace it and have some fun while we’re being safe. Here are 3 quirky face masks you’ll want to buy right now.

 Face masks are part of the new normal. Let's embrace it and have some fun while we're being safe. Here are 3 quirky face masks you'll want to buy right now.
“No, really. I’m totally wearing this to be safe.” Photo courtesy of TECZERO on Amazon.

In the first stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, the country experienced a mass shortage of personal protective equipment, or PPE. The hoarding of surgical masks are overwhelming front-line essential workers and hospitals even now.

But as parts of the country slowly reopen, it will be difficult to practice social distancing. When we return to work and grocery stores, we could be exposed or potentially expose someone else. Sporting a mask is key.

Statistics reflect that wearing a cloth face mask is essential to fighting COVID-19. In a proud display of creativity and camaraderie, public craftsmen and retailers have stepped up majorly. Not only have we seen an incredible display of ingenuity with these masks, but a decent solution to ensure the safety of our essential workers.

1. What Do You Say to People Thoughtful Enough to Wear A Face Mask in Public?

Red Bubble has cloth face masks to cure your Golden Girl nostalgia and fight against COVID-19. Courtesy of Red Bubble.
“Can I Ask A Dumb Question?” Red Bubble has cloth face masks to cure your Golden Girl nostalgia and fight against COVID-19. Courtesy of Red Bubble.

“Thank you for being a friend…” An article from The Southern Thing reported on the most nostalgic cloth face masks to date. From Red Bubble, wear a cheeky cloth face mask with catchphrases inspired by the Italian queen of shade (Shady Pines that is), Sophia Petrillo.

This 1980’s sitcom is still a relevant source for belly-aching laughter. And I say any fashion statement that reminds everyone why Betty White is still 100 percent that “Chick” is golden with me.

The Golden Girls are my fave, but suppliers like Red Bubble, Etsy, and Amazon supply a variety of your favorite show and movie themed cloth masks to indulge.

Red Bubble has cloth face masks/mask to cure your Golden Girl nostalgia and fight against COVID-19. Courtesy of Red Bubble.
“Picture It… Quarantine 2020” Red Bubble has cloth face masks to cure your Golden Girl nostalgia and fight against COVID-19. Courtesy of Red Bubble.

2. Be a Shining Star, No Matter Where You Are…

Apparently LED light face mask were already trendy party accessories. These masks were available long before COVID-19. Festival and concert goers wear these as markers for their posy or to make a not-so-subtle fashion statement.

You could adopt these masks for late night jogs or errands. These masks are also adorable, mood-boosting solidarity pieces for groups attending social-distancing celebrations, graduations and weddings.

These masks are supplied by many vendors on Amazon, but are twice the price of average cloth wear. If you consider buying, read washing and handling instructions provided by the supplier.

Amazon vendor TECZERO provides these face masks as party essentials. Courtesy of TECZERO at Amazon.
Amazon vendor TECZERO provides these face masks as party essentials. Courtesy of TECZERO at Amazon.

3. The Face You Make When someone Doesn’t Cover Their Mouth While Coughing…

These cloth masks from DH Gate take fashion statements to new heights. Personified themed masks are a way to take back your power of expression!

You can also find fun animal snout masks inspired by your favorite species. You may not be able to express your frustrations to that lady standing too close in the freezer aisle. Why not let the mask do the talking?

This crying cloth face mask is sold by vendor Hgfeel_jewelry on www.dhgate.com.
This crying face cloth mask is sold by vendor Hgfeel_jewelry on www.dhgate.com.

I know what you’re thinking. As much as I’d like to try these face masks, will I be safe?

Not completely. Take precautions and stick to a strict sanitation regimen at all times. Wash your hands consistently and try your best to stay six feet apart in public places.

However, the Center of Disease Control (CDC) recommends a cloth face mask, especially in “areas of community-based transmission.”

You can purchase cloth face masks from a local entrepreneur or even follow CDC guidelines to make one at home.