Everyone’s advocating cotton masks. But how do you really take care of them?

As masks become a reality of the post-Covid-19 world, cotton masks are fast gaining provenance.

They are breathable, can be made at home from scrap fabric, and can be reused multiple times. India’s top ministers and public officials, including prime minister Narendra Modi, have been seen sporting different variants of these masks. And as India’s workforce gradually goes back to work, these could fast become a staple.

But just like for masks of various kinds, one first needs to know what a cotton mask really accomplishes. “I think people need to understand that cotton masks are more about preventing oneself from spreading coronavirus than about catching it,” explains Ayushi Gudwani, founder of Fable Street, a women’s workwear brand that is now also making cotton masks.

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