People are using COVID-19 for all sorts of creativity and opportunities in their mask usage. Individuals have donned tupperware, plastic bags, cabbage leaves, snorkeling masks, water jugs, a kitchen sponge, and feminine hygiene pads as face coverings during the coronavirus pandemic. High-end fashion designers have also taken advantage of the opportunity, creating “designer,” “luxury,” and customized masks. Some are selling for up to $200 a pop.
Fashion designer Voravaj Varazatiravatt, who commented that “couture is life,” is creating crystal and bead detailed masks which he said can take between 36 and 84 hours to handmake. In Virginia, two “watermelon heads” (i.e. burglars wearing hollowed out watermelons as masks) were arrested after stealing from a convenience store. The police Facebook post, since removed, generated comments full of “LOLs” and props for their ingenuity. On another serious note, a man was spotted in a California grocery store donning a Klu Klux Klan hood as his “mask.” Grocery store workers repeatedly asked him to remove the hood or leave. Santee, the city in which it occurred, has earned the nickname “Kantee” for its white supremacist activity.