The coronavirus pandemic has created an unprecedented demand for face masks. Protection from COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind. Many people are wearing face masks in an effort to reduce their risk of contracting novel coronavirus (COVID-19). That means face masks are in huge demand right now. This demands has led to creative solutions, one of which has been a sort of a do-it yourself coronavirus mask option.
Homemade face masks and face coverings, from hand-sewn cloth to bandanas are now recommended to wear in public. However, rather than piecing together one yourself, there’s a best choice option for a coronavirus mask that is versatile, easy to use, and is a keeper long after the need to wear one for coronavirus protection disappears. This best choice option is called a Buff! Using a buff as a face mask is easy. You can’t go wrong making the buff face mask choice.
My own story of using the multi-purpose Buff goes back many years. Every time I saw anyone wearing a Buff I’d yell to them, “great looking Buff.” Now when I see someone using a Buff as a coronavirus mask, I say to them, “great looking face mask.” But it was years before I went from being an admirer of Buff owners to becoming one myself.
Finally, on a bitter cold night, December 24th, 2015, in Vancouver, B.C. I bought a Buff. Well I didn’t exactly buy it, Alaska Airlines bought it for me, but that’s another story entirely. The result was the same, though. I finally joined the Buff club and I absolutely love my buff!
How To Make A Buff Coronavirus Face Mask
And now, using it during the coronavirus pandemic, its usefulness has once again been proven. I never leave home without it!
I know what you’re thinking. A Buff is just a tube of fabric, wool in this case. I get it. This simple piece of fabric is just so versatile and practical, I’m embarrassed by how long it took me to finally get one. I primarily use it as a hat, a function it’s perfect for, or sometimes as a neck warmer. I’ve also used it as a pillowcase, a balaclava for skiing, a towel, and a placemat on which to make tea. Sometimes you’re just glad to have a decent-sized tube of wool.
What Is A Buff and Why I Use It As A Coronavirus Mask (And Always Travel With One)
It’s definitely one of my favorite and most used pieces of my travel essentials. My Buff is my incredible multi-use friend. Now more than ever! I always have one with me. Once you start using one you’ll quickly find uses for it that both I, and probably even those who created the Buff, never thought of! In my opinion it’s more useful and durable than a bandana. When you’re with other Buff fans, it’s fun to find 100 different uses for it.
I reached out to some friends who are Buff fans to see how they were using their buffs.
One friend told me they’re useful in three particular situations:
- Because they are thin, they can be worn like a hat under a bicycle helmet for extra warmth in the winter.
- Worn around the neck, it provides a comfortable scarf that helps seal any gaps around his jacket collar.
- In summer, he dips it in a stream or river and wears it around his neck to help keep cool.
Another friend sent me his favorite things about the Buff. The primary advantage of the Buff is the versatility of it over a standard bandana, scarf or hat. In addition to all its wearable uses, it can also be used as an:
- Eye Mask
- Face mask when traveling, snowboarding, or in the desert
- Self-securing bandage/pressure pad
All of these can be achieved without the need of a sling, complex knot, or additional tying aid. And it’s reversible, too. Can you tell that my friend was a boy scout when he was younger?
How To Use A Buff Face Mask
My cousin makes a great Buff model!
Here are some Buff uses I’ve learned about from friends or that I use myself:
- Dust Protection. Cover your face on motorbikes or other open air vehicles.
- Sun Protection. Great for when you’re stranded in heat without shade.
- Towel. Small, lightweight, fast drying, but thick enough to get the job done.
- Ground Cloth. Keep your butt clean & dry when sitting on the ground.
- Warmth. Wrap it around your neck as a scarf to keep warm.
- Bag. Put stuff in the middle, tie corners together. Instant hobo sack. Or instant pillow.
- Sweat Rag. Great for hiking, running, or other sweaty activities.
- Arm Sling. Sprain a wrist or break an arm? Temporary immobilization.
- Emergency Bandage. Help stop bleeding and protect the wound.
- Weapon. Twist a few rocks up in the middle. Swing away. Instant self-defense tool (which I hope never to have to use)!
- Concealment. Can be used to hide gear/tech in questionable neighborhoods.
- Water Filter. Fold multiple times and filter debris out of water before boiling.
- Pot Holder. Take that boiling water you just filtered off the fire.
- Keeping Cool. Soak in cold water and wrap around your neck.
- Signal Flag. Large enough to wave and get someone’s attention.
- Eye Mask. Sleep during the day, or anyplace where lights are on.
These are only a few of the Buff’s many uses. This simple piece of fabric is just so versatile and practical! So if you don’t have one yet because you’re worried about what people will think when they see you using yours, get over it, get one, and find out what you’ve been missing.
This is my favorite fun Buff video for you to watch!
Remember, coronavirus face masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. If you wear a face mask, then you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly.
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