I must admit that as the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, there were some things that surprised me. Masks were one of those surprises.
At first, I didn’t like them. Masks fogged my glasses. They made it hard for strangers to see my winning smile. And going to the local bank branch wearing a mask made me feel like a bank robber...who might get handcuffed.
But masks have a silver lining. With some people, the less we see of their faces, the better. For some faces, masks are a vast improvement.
GOOD. Reduce the risk of infection and conceal that mouth.
BETTER. Fight the spread of microbes and enhance the environment.
BEST. Minimize infections and simultaneously improve urban aesthetics.
Why doesn’t Don make masks?
That’s a question I have heard often in the last three months. Answer? It takes me so long to design a product that months would pass before I could have a mask ready. By the time I develop a design I like, find a supplier I trust, refine production specifications, and approve prototypes, the pandemic will have burned out and few of us will be able to remember there was a time when we had to stay home. (I hope.)
I wear a BADbandana when I go out. It has worked great so far.
If, I am wrong and mask-wearing becomes a permanent social convention, I might change my mind and start designing ridiculous masks in 2021.
While we are on the topic of things Don is NOT working on...you’ll be glad to know that I am not currently working on a vaccine or serum.********
Stay healthy. Stay safe. No epidemics last forever.
Don—Pittsburgh, June 5, 2020