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Masks: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Pros and Cons of having to wear masks

Natalie Brush

Masks have been a topic on everyone’s mind lately. From frantically worrying about if you left your mask at home, to buying packs on top of packs of them. Students will have to get used to this change, because COVID-19 isn’t going anywhere. Science teacher Holly Buckley has taken advantage of this and tried to embrace this change. She wears masks that relate to the topics she talks about in class.
“I have some Marine Biology ones with manatees and fish,” she said. “I play with it and have fun with it because it’s going to be going on for a while.” Students should try experimenting with different types of
masks to find which ones fit their style and personality best. “Students can get their masks customized
on multiple websites to reflect more of their personality,” says junior Bayla McCaffrey.
A struggle that comes with masks is wearing glasses. Glasses wearers have noticed that their lenses tend to fog up when wearing masks.
“Wearing glasses with a mask is a big struggle,” said junior and member of the ELHS crew team Solmi Kwak. The lenses tend to fog up because of their breath coming from the masks.
In a sports aspect, masks are definitely a game changer. “I don’t think wearing a mask affects my performance when I row, but it bothers me when we warm up,” Kwak said. Athletes have found that playing with disposable masks is easier than playing with fabric masks, because the thickness of the fabric mask makes it harder to breathe. With fabric masks, you have to constantly wash them, but disposable masks allow you to wear them once or twice then throw them away.
Adjusting to this new addition to your wardrobe has been a unique one, but students and staff are overall making the most of it.

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