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Peter Ponders... Face Masks

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They have the power to keep a global pandemic at bay AND spark a viral supermarket brawl. That’s impressive.

Let’s face facts.

Most medical experts say wearing a face mask when you leave the house can help you prevent the spread of the coronavirus. As a result, Seminole County is requiring everybody – except young children, exercisers, and those with certain medical conditions – to wear a mask when they leave the house. Things could change, but at the time of this writing, those are the rules.

I know it’s a pain for those who don’t agree with the experts’ findings, but look at it this way: Wearing a mask is such a minor inconvenience, surely you can put up with it for another couple of months to save lives.

Still feel put upon?

Put yourself in my shoes... or, in my head, as it were. I can barely find a mask to fit my giant size-8 Frankenstein noggin’. My ears are so far away from my nose, they are in another ZIP code. I have to loop rubber band extenders around the straps on a regular face mask to make it fit. My wife suggested I try looping them over the bolts in my neck, instead... see what I have to put up with?

Despite that nuisance (not you, honey, the masks), I’m wearing a mask and trying to make the best of things with a little imagination.

You, too, can have fun with face masks. Really.

Instead of being a mask-is-half-empty kind of person, change yourself to a mask-is-half-full guy or gal. Ladies, stuck without lipstick? Don’t fret, your mask can keep them guessing about your favorite shade. Guys, didn’t feel like shaving today? Don’t worry, the mask has you covered like a bridge over stubble water. Teens, an outbreak of acne? Chin up; the mask is here to help you survive a bumpy ride.
That’s only the beginning. Now that sports are making a comeback, UCF, Gator, and Seminole fans can support their teams by wearing their colors. Masks for football teams – as well as basketball, baseball, soccer, and other sports – are popping up for sale all over the place.

I’ve even seen designer and custom masks on fashion-minded faces. Everyone from Gucci to Louis Vuitton.
But it doesn’t stop there.

Dog lovers, show your affection for man’s best friend by getting a beagle snout to wear when you’re out and about. Or, say hello to kitty-cat masks. They keep everyone around you feline fine. Just about any animal you can imagine has a face-mask version.

Now, if they only had a face mask miraculous enough to muzzle the virus.

Oh wait, they’ve got several in the pipeline – they’re called vaccines. There are reasons for hope even during the darkest days. In the meantime, let’s spread a little light of our own by embracing the bright idea of wearing a mask whenever we can.

Peter Reilly lives in  Lake Mary with his wife and son. He can be reached at

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