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reason 2 wear masks even after covid 

:verified: be like other countries, wear them when ur sick :dragnheart:
:verified: conventions. sick of yearly con crud? wear a cute mask :dragnheart:
:verified: wear them during winter and avoid flu! maybe even help end the flu epidemic itself!! :dragnheart:
:verified: don't let genetics control ur face. make face look how u want it with Mask Power :dragnheart:
:verified: defeat government facial recognition :dragnheart:

reason 2 wear masks even after covid 

@monsterblue I am totally planning on wearing masks after covid is over. Not always, but during cold seasons, when I am sick, and just when I feel like it

reason 2 wear masks even after covid 

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reason 2 wear masks even after covid 

@monsterblue @flowerenby it’s just that they’re terribly comfortable, I think everyone will be wearing them in the future :flan_mask:

reason 2 wear masks even after covid 

@monsterblue unexpected winter advantage: the bottom half of your face is warm

reason 2 wear masks even after covid 

@monsterblue and they've given femmes another cute fashion accessory :black_bloc_blob:

reason 2 wear masks even after covid 

@monsterblue I am totally going to do that. Plus, if you can find HEPA filters, you can reduce the air pollution you're exposed to.

I don't know how effective it would be, but..it's a better option than aging your lungs prematurely!

Oh, and tobacco smoke isn't good for me, so I plan on wearing one for that reason, too.

reason 2 wear masks even after covid 

@wiredgoddesslain *nodnod* Never thought about that, but you're right. I live in SoCal and the air quality is pretty awful, so....

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@wiredgoddesslain @monsterblue Don't know why I hadn't thought about this before, but I wonder if an appropriate filter would make masks work for hay-fever too? That'd be handy.

re: reason 2 wear masks even after covid 

@fudge_the_sphinx @wiredgoddesslain @monsterblue They do!! I've been wearing pollen masks since 2017 and they are a *life-saver*.

Tips from experience:

You generally don't need a super-good *filter* to keep pollen out (though YMMV depending on what kinds of pollen you're dealing with in your area), but depending on how sensitive you are you might need a good *seal*. Pinch your nosepiece tightly, and if your nosepiece is nonexistent or can't go tight enough you might need to tape it shut with a band-aid or other medical-grade tape.

Not all indoor spaces are pollen-safe: pay attention to the amount of air exchange with the outside. I work at a fast-food restaurant where people are always opening the front door going in and out, and would you look at that, the lower-grade-and-less-frequent symptoms that ""remained"" when using pollen masks outdoors almost completely resolved when I started wearing a mask at work this year. I'm never letting my boss take my mask away from me again: if I have to jump through a bunch of hoops to get it declared a disability accommodation, so be it, because it turns out it *is*.

reason 2 wear masks even after covid 

@monsterblue yeah I'm keeping my masks. They're a part of my wardrobe now

reason 2 wear masks even after covid 

@InternetEh @monsterblue keep your face warm when it's cold out without looking like Hollywood's idea of a bank robber

reason 2 wear masks even after covid 

@monsterblue plus they trap humidity, really really good for sore noses in the winter or ac’d buildings.

reason 2 wear masks even after covid 

@monsterblue they also are a great way to hide a pimple, lol.

reason 2 wear masks even after covid 

@monsterblue adding "normalise face coverings to reduce suspicion while out crimedoing" ;)

reason 2 wear masks even after covid 

@monsterblue another reason: even pre-pandemic, masks helped with my CPTSD by making me unrecognizable in areas where my abusers live. They help with facial gender dysphoria too!!!

reason 2 wear masks even after covid 

@didelphis_virginiana Oh, another neat use! I'm so pleased people are adding to this with all the various good things they've found in masks.

reason 2 wear masks even after covid 

@monsterblue I was wearing a mask at a con march 2019 because masks are cool and faces dumb

reason 2 wear masks even after covid 

@IrisKalmia this is what a real trendsetter looks like

reason 2 wear masks even after covid 

@monsterblue

:verified: change ur face as often as u like, too! good for systems!

reason 2 wear masks even after covid 

@monsterblue Pollen allergies (and probably many other airborne allergies).

I've been through two pollen seasons since the pandemic began and they've been among my easiest since I developed pollen allergies. A few washable cotton masks are far cheaper than OTC antihistamines, don't run out, and have no side effects.

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