Find Halloween, fall-inspired face masks while supporting local from these 7 Houston-area mask designers
Houston-area mask designers are showing their Halloween and fall-inspired on Etsy, where designers sell their handcrafted items made from scratch. So, if you’re looking for a new look this fall, look for these Houston-area designers selling Halloween or fall-inspired masks on Etsy. "Hey Boo" Halloween face mask by Amandacrafts20 (Courtesy of Amandacrafts20/Etsy.com)This Houston-area designer has several face mask designs celebrating the fall season, Halloween, and even Thanksgiving. Collection of face masks by TnUCraft (Courtesy of TnUCraft/Etsy.com)These Halloween/Fall face masks will give you that rustic feel with their simple phrases that celebrate the cooler season. Fall face masks by CustomTeeBear (Courtesy of CustomTeeBear/Etsy.com)Do you know of other face mask makers who are designing Halloween or fall-themed masks?
Face mask check: Are you being hygienic enough?
By now, wearing a face mask when you’re out and about or around crowds of people should be nothing new. Here’s what the WHO had to say about using a fabric mask:Wash your hands before putting on the mask. If you need to use the mask again, hold it at the elastic loops when removing it from the bag. If hot water is not available, wash the mask in soap or detergent and room-temperature water, followed by either boiling the mask for 1 minute OR; by soaking the mask in 0.1% chlorine for 1 minute and thoroughly rinsing the mask with room-temperature water (there should not be any toxic residue of chlorine on the mask). Make sure you’re continuing to socially distance yourself from people who aren’t in your household, keep washing those hands and try to avoid touching your face as much as possible.
Wearing a creative or fun face mask? We want to see
This time last year, we were beginning to talk about what kinds of fun costumes and masks we might wear for Halloween. Nowadays, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, masks are an every day, everywhere kind of thing. In an effort to fight the spread of the coronavirus, masks have been mandated for wear in plenty of places, so perhaps your mask has become second nature. That not only makes it a little more fun for those wearing the masks, but for us who are out people-watching (and unable to actually see people’s faces). And perhaps you just might give some others some fun ideas to work with.
This is how Texans reacted to Gov. Abbott’s statewide mask mandate
Greg Abbott issued an executive order Thursday mandating face coverings statewide, bringing reactions from all over Texas. Some Texans took to social media to express their reactions towards the breaking news, while others responded to Gov. (@dremilyportermd) July 3, 2020the fact that ADULTS are literally throwing temper tantrums over wearing a mask is sad and the stupidest thing ever. #MaskUpTexas — -wear a mask- (@ash1eyyg) July 2, 2020That's great that Abbott finally got the hint and issued the order. — james (@jdleonard2000) July 2, 2020@GregAbbott_TXPlease retract your wrongful and illegal mask mandate here in Texas.
These are the best non-medical face masks, study finds
BOCA RATON, Florida – Have you ever wondered which face mask is the best at protecting you from the coronavirus? A team of scientists at Florida Atlantic University published a study which compared different types of non-medical face masks offering the best protection, CNN reported. Using a mannequin, they determined how well face masks block droplets as they exit the mouth. With a folded cotton handkerchief, droplets traveled 1 foot, 3 inches (Florida Atlantic University/CNN)And the study results are in: the t-shirt and the handkerchief masks are more effective than the bandanna, reducing droplets significantly. The study also showed that droplets traveled at an average of eight feet without a mask.
Ask 2: Does the American Disabilities Act allow people not to wear face masks?
HOUSTON The Department of Justice is warning of fraudulent images and false information regarding face mask usage. The department said there has been no notice or public information regarding the use of face masks and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). However, the Department of Justice did not issue or does not endorse them in away. The ADA does not provide a blanket exemption that relieves people with disabilities from complying with legitimate health and safety rules. The public can visit ADA.gov or call the ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 and 800-514-0383 for more information.
United and other US airlines get more serious on face mask requirements
US airline passengers who figured face mask enforcements had more bark than bite could end up getting bit this week. If you refuse to wear a face mask starting June 18, you could find yourself on a restricted travel list. If you don't have a face covering, United flight attendants will offer you one. But a major union representing flight attendants said last week the current approach was not working. United Airlines began doing that last week.
Ask 2: Are restaurant employees in Harris County required to wear masks?
The question: Are restaurant employees in Harris County required to wear masks? The answer: Restaurant employees are “rigorously encouraged” to wear face masks and gloves, according to Gov. Abbott’s Open Texas Checklist for restaurants. Although not a mandate, some Houston-area restaurants are requiring employees to wear face coverings and gloves to curb the spread of COVID-19 to make customers feel safe when dining in. However, for Harris County, restaurants choosing to open must follow the guidelines Abbott put in place, including the 25 percent occupancy requirement and providing single-use menus and condiments, the Texas Tribune reported.
This online shop is selling Golden Girls themed face masks
An online shop is looking out for the safety of Golden Girls fans amid the coronavirus outbreak. For those looking for a mask, patterns and designs are becoming a considerable factor for online shoppers. Beautiful Peace Shop offers eight Golden Girls themed design options. The reusable dust masks have adjustable straps and include three layers of protective PM2.5 filter. Masks can be purchased online.
Texas A&M researchers review effectiveness of common materials used for DIY masks
Does your DIY face mask actually protect you from contracting COVID-19? Experts from Texas A&M are researching which household materials make the most effective filters for face masks, Fox 7 reports. Scientists from Texas A&M are currently testing common DIY mask materials, officials for the university said. “We are conducting a study evaluating a wide range of household materials as resources for constructing DIY face masks,” said Sarah D. Brooks, director of Texas A&M University’s Center for Atmospheric Chemistry and the Environment (CACE) and professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences in the College of Geosciences. According to Fox 7, it’s Texas A&M researchers’ goal to give consumers “fact-based” information on different mask materials.
Will Fort Bend residents need to wear face masks in public?
Fort Bend County Judge KP George has not yet committed to ordering 820,000 residents to wear facial coverings in public. Earlier that same day, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo ordered all residents above the age of 10 to wear a face mask in public starting next week. George also said he believed it was too earlier to start retail to-go services in Fort Bend. I will put guidelines out, and I have full confidence in Fort Bend County residents.”The county’s main priority is the safety of residents. George said he encouraged all residents, even those not showing symptoms of COVID-19, to be tested at Fort Bend County testing sites.
Austin-based company selling ‘Texas Tough’ face masks for those wanting to show their Lone Star State pride
HOUSTON – Want to spread some pride during hard times? An Austin-based company is selling “Texas Tough” face masks to those who want to show their love for Texas. The small family-owned business, Texas Humor, made the non-medical grade face mask out of 50% cotton and 50% polyester. It also offers several other Texas pride masks such as, “Keep Smiling You’re in Texas" and a “Heart or Texas” masks. According to MySanAntonio.com, the online site began selling the masks last week and sold out within two hours.
Local doctors and family make face shields for medical workers during pandemic
During every free moment they have, Dr. Roman Nieto, his wife, Dr. Crystal Nieto, and their two young boys, 7-year-old Max and 9-year-old Roman III, are all making protective face shields for healthcare providers. In fact, they have already made 100 of these shields and are planning to make at least 300 more. There is a nationwide shortage of these shields as you know and even in my own hospital, the masks have been running short,” Dr. Roman Nieto said. These shields could be lifesavers for many doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers and Crystal is very proud her young sons wanted to be part of this.