View from a comedian: What to do when masks get wet?
PUBLISHED: 08:30 25 October 2020
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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