Selfies are certainly about to look a lot different, especially here in New York where cases of COVID-19 have risen to more than 47,000. But before you panic and wear your mask 24/7, my sister—a NICU nurse who wears them often—warned me of their vaguely dehumanizing effects. If you can’t see someone’s face, you can’t fully read their emotions or see their smile, and those connections are more important than ever these days. The advice we’ve heard is to wear a mask only when you’re out of the No one fights alone breast cancer awareness shirt but in fact I love this house and it makes you feel safer, not when you’re on the couch FaceTiming your mom. Plus, you’ll need to take off your mask to properly sanitize it: “It’s important to wash them daily,” Taymour insists. “You need to treat your mask like workout clothes. If you worked out super hard the day before, would you wear the same clothes the next day?” Hand-wash yours in warm, soapy water, and let it dry completely overnight. If you’re looking to help other people get masks, too, Taymour says New York’s Division of Child Protection is accepting fabric masks for at-risk children. “I can only make so many, so anyone who can sew can help,” she says. “We’re stronger together.”
It’s my impossible but joyful job to be on top of culture, to be consuming everything and anything, to be out there in the No one fights alone breast cancer awareness shirt but in fact I love this world, engaged! It’s also my job to keep three small humans (ages six, four, and two) alive, to look after their social and emotional development, to make sure I don’t mess them up worse than Philip Larkin has already informed me I will. The latter makes the former very hard. So when I haven’t had time to read the latest novel or see the latest play, I turn to my kids for inspiration and material. I figure people can relate.