One thing I noticed immediately is that I have become a stranger to my iPhone as the facial recognition doesn’t work with my mask on. I’m using some dust masks that were given to me 40 years ago to help keep out the pollen. I doubt they will be very effective against COVID-19, but at least it is something. I’m tempted to see if I can have two identifying photos on my phone, but then if I change my mask, it won’t recognize me again. In the meantime, it keeps me aware of my passcode.
Another thing I miss is smiling. When I wear a mask, no one can see me smile. In fact, I get very few cues about the other person’s state of mind except for their eyes and voice. At the doctor’s office this morning, the staff sounded very friendly and welcoming. When asked how I was, I cheerily said, “I’m doing well!”
Now I can smile with my eyes, provided they aren’t covered up by sunglasses or tinted goggles. I’ve thought about drawing a smile on my mask. In fact, I really need to get busy and make some this weekend. I believe the new fashion statement will be having masks to match one’s outfit. I’m creating a coming out dress, and am making a matching mask.
Who knows, in the future we may have sequined masks, feathered masks and who knows what kind of famous people masks. As we move into a whole new area of creativity, let’s make sure that we have efficient masks and that we wear them to keep everyone safer.