View from a comedian: What to do when masks get wet?

PUBLISHED: 08:30 25 October 2020

Steve Allen is wondering how to keep his mask dry with the onset of Autumn.

Steve Allen is wondering how to keep his mask dry with the onset of Autumn.

It’s an issue that will affect almost all of us yet I haven’t heard any so-called experts talking about it.

It’s October and we are getting rain. We are also experiencing a pandemic and that means we are wearing masks. The logical consequence of those two facts is that we’re going to get wet masks.

This happened to me recently. I was travelling back from performing at a stand-up comedy gig. I was walking to the bus stop because the curfew means I wasn’t travelling home late and a bus is about the level of glamour I’d better get used to now.

As the heavens opened, I counted myself lucky I was wearing my winter coat.

I hadn’t noticed the droplets of rain water slowly absorbing into my disposable mask. A few minutes later it had started to turn into a kind of papier-mâché.

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There’s no official government advice on what to do if you get a wet mask.

Some experts say even after being dried off a mask won’t work correctly.

Making a waterproof one seems like a gap in the market but they’re not breathable, and that is the least you want from a face mask, according to my reviews on Etsy.

I realise I may be overreacting to a small issue. My bigger point is that there are many little details of the way we’re being asked to live that I think the experts should pay attention to.

I was on the busiest bus I’ve seen in ages because of the curfew-induced kicking out time.

People are trying to rush their dessert in a restaurant when their evening was never going to turn into a debauched session.

It’s the small details that will make this system succeed or fail.

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