No matter where you live, a mask is helpful. For example, what happens if you somehow have to take your child to the doctor?
Of course, a scarf or any existing household item that can be tied around the face is good, and this can work well for adults. I noticed from my own experience that a problem with tying a scarf around the face is that it can tend to fall down halfway through a grocery trip, which then makes it very risky germ-wise if you use your hands to put it back up. I eventually figured out how to tie it so that it won't fall down for me, but it's harder to do that for a child. In fact a child might want to tug it down, and that then puts them at risk. To solve those problems, I eventually bought just a few cloth masks for our family, two each for me and my husband for when one of us goes out to do groceries, and one each for my kids. I also bought a few for my older neighbor. I thought I'd let you know where I got them from and which types I'd recommend for adults and which for kids.Read more