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Essential Pandemic Fashion

[Vital Industries]

Making Masks at Home

Busy Sheltering In Place: How People are Coping during the Pandemic

by Reviewer Rob

Finding mask fabric at JOANN Fabrics and Crafts during the pandemic shutdown
Finding mask fabric at JOANN Fabrics and Crafts during the pandemic shutdown, April 11, 2020.

So, I’ve been thinking about what the post-pandemic shutdown world will be like. Will the world ever come back the way it was, and will socializing ever be the same. Are public displays of affection and intimacy going to make people uncomfortable even if it’s among family members or lovers? What about mingling in crowds like at bars or concerts, remember that?

I was told today that I needed a mask while entering the local grocery store. I said to the kid, “No I don’t, I just saw you let two people inside without masks.” I had, as he had said something to them but apparently they ignored him.

“If they can go in without a mask so can I,” I said firmly. He relented, resentfully, and after I was inside I noticed others were indeed masked, but some were not. I also saw I was pointed out to security. No one brought it up again. I asked the cashier about it as I paid for my groceries and Guinness and she said the word came down “from the CDC two days ago” that masks were required. In retrospect next time I’ll simply go back to my van and get my dust mask. But I didn’t like being singled out when I saw other weren’t required.

So there’s that. On my way out a guy who appeared to be the store manager was near the door (with a security guard now) and I said quietly, “Tell the kid at the door that if he lets some people inside without a mask he shouldn’t tell others they need one to come in.” He replied they weren’t supposed to let anyone in who isn’t masked.

Friday at the local arts and crafts store there was a line of people waiting to get in, all social distancing themselves down to the street and around the corner. I was curious as to why so as I was driving out of the parking lot I rolled the passenger window down to the Reviewervan and asked somebody in line why was everyone eager to get in, “Do they have hand sanitizer?”

“We’re getting fabric,” he said. I was momentarily curious as to why but then realized, they all want fabric to make masks. Homemade masks. During a worldwide pandemic.

I’ve discovered there is a new booming cottage industry of shelter-in-placers manufacturing masks from home right now. One of them told me the local craft store isn’t the best source, “There’s plenty of sellers on etsy and eBay and it’s much easier to social distance while shopping online,” she said. “I already have a huge fabric stockpile but before everything went totally insane I stocked up on needles and thread. If I need more supplies I’ll just order online. I’m working massive overtime at my day job so I’ve just been sewing my own projects to keep myself entertained during the pandemic. My good friend has been making a lot of masks to donate to the hospitals, post office, etc and she’s been selling ones on her etsy too.”

Kaylene Marie's  tie-on mask
Kaylene Marie’s tie-on mask.
Kaylene Marie was another San Diego mask maker and has made the rounds at the local crafts stores too. “Yes I was there too, some have them been standing there for an hour or more. The Walmart fabric section has been cleaned out. Looks like everyone is trying to do their part,” she said. Kaylene makes her masks for “friends, family and co-workers” but told me she could make one for me for $5 plus shipping “or if it’s close by pickup/drop off.”

Kaylene is in City Heights so I’ll likely opt to pick up since my supply of N95 dust masks from Home Depot acquired two years ago during a period of surfboard repair won’t last forever or outlast this shutdown if it does into the months they are rumoring it might. Her price is better than what I’ve seen advertised for more elaborate masks online. Business is good for her too. “I’m running out of elastic,” she said, “so I’ve been making surgical-style ties.”

They ones she makes, “have a pocket for extra layers for filters.” If you don’t have proper filters for these fine pandemic fashion accessories — now growingly required in public by health code decree apparently — blue shop towels will do.

Kaylene Marie is on Instagram at @misskaylenemarie and or @charmingminx and accepts Venmo.

Ron Magnus Swanson
Ron Magnus Swanson
Another online mask builder talent is Ronn “Magnus” Swanson. “I’m a teddybear seamstress. I have recently switched all efforts to making masks. Friends and family, even former clients, have been reaching out to me from all over the states. They just can’t find what they need. I mostly deal in fur for the animals I make, but I do have a dresser full of cotton that I’ve been collecting over the years. I’m not charging for the masks, but I am accepting donations to help pay for things like elastic and filter inserts,” she said, “eBay and Etsy are often less expensive than JoAnn. I recommend searching there, too.”

She’s not advertising outside Facebook and says, “I hand stitch everything and I don’t want to get overwhelmed with orders. People are going nuts with orders… needing ten or fifteen at a time because they are looking for their families too.”

Mask effectiveness stats
Mask effectiveness stats

“The masks are 100% cotton, and have an inner pocket to insert filter media or a disposable surgical mask. They are washable.” She then provided “some neat info about mask material effectiveness.” It came in the form of this meme-type image:

“I use quilters’ cotton plus a PM 2.5 filter,” she said.

“I am an underemployed scientist right now I’m working as a cook at a fast food joint. It’s essential job but even so they’ve cut my hours in half. I always run the teddybears as a side hustle it provides steady income year round.”

Meg Pinsonneault is a Pasadena based film maker who says, “We’ve made 350+ masks so far! It’s so hard to get fabric right now. We have three orders in at Joann but have no idea when we can get them. Fortunately we found a small shop (in L.A.) that’s still open! If you need a mask HMU.”

Meg’s masks can be found at her merch site.

Most industries’ job markets are slimming down in every city. Even fashion designers are shifting from doing proper lines for Fashion Week to re-configuring their catalog during this wartime-like output of essential items. Mask wearing is a trend that looks to be growing in the near term and, while no one can guarantee prices and materials will stay at current levels, the ‘buying local’ ethos takes on greater significance when the regional economy is under threat of collapse.

But if all fails I’ll tie a torn up t-shirt around my neck. That should get me into Vons or Walmart.

Wear a mask, save a life: a timely sign.
Wear a mask, save a life: a timely sign. Me with my Home Depot surfboard repair N95 dust mask,
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Coronavirus Lockdown Timeline, early April, 2020

[American Carnage]

Shutdown Report

A sought-after N95 dust mask.
A sought-after N95 dust mask. Photo: 2020

From Violet Magdalena Platt:

Current affairs. I’m just gonna put this out there and hope that people respond logically (burn these fuckers to the ground):

-Mortgage and debt and tax companies are still collecting
-SBA was given billions of dollars for small businesses and isn’t distributing it
-Unemployment is really behind
….once again mortgage and debt companies are still expecting their money??

-Most people are out of work
-The government is rolling out 5g while people are not around
-1.5 trillion was injected into the stock market OVERNIGHT when the rich people needed it

-There has been NO MORATORIUM on utility collection. So when this is over and nobody has had income for months, the full amount will be due or piling up, furthering Americans being in permanent debt slavery.

-Trump is probably going to be president again
-The citizens who get no debt relief are making masks for health systems that rake in millions of dollars per year (the CEOs are taking it). They have plenty of money to get their own masks. Or pay you to do it.

-Where is the $1200 stimulus money by the way? Not that it is sufficient at all and it’s basically just going from the bankers (government) right back to the bankers (debt owners)

Society has failed.


We want your on the pandemic shutdown. ~Editor

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Surfing in the Time of Pandemic

He was alone, in the ocean. They violated social distancing protocol to arrest him and potentially expose him to infection. You gotta ask, is this really about a virus anymore?
He was alone, in the ocean. They violated social distancing protocol to arrest him and potentially expose him to infection. You gotta ask, is this really about a virus anymore?
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Uncorroborated Info and Stats

[Staying Healthy]

Covidvirus Pandemic Information

Theres always a glut of opinions during social upheaval, and here is some information found on the internet today. It’s uncorroberated but we are including it here as an effort to help any way we can. Editor

Doctors are reporting they now understand the behavior of the COVID 19 virus due to autopsies that they have carried out. This virus is characterized by obstructing respiratory pathways with thick mucus that solidifies and blocks the airways and lungs. So they have discovered that in order to apply a medicine you have to open and unblock these airways so that the treatment can be used to take effect however all of this takes a number of days. Their recommendations for what you can do to safeguard yourself are …

⭐️Drink lots of hot liquids – coffees, soups, teas, warm water. In addition take a sip of warm water every 20 minutes bc this keeps your mouth moist
⭐️Gargle with an antiseptic and warm water like vinegar or salt or lemon every day if possible
⭐️The virus attaches itself to hair and clothes. And detergent or soap kills it but you must take bath or shower when you get in from the street. Avoid sitting down in your home and go straight to the shower. If you cannot wash your clothes daily, hang them in sunlight which also helps to neutralize the virus
⭐️Wash metallic surfaces very carefully bc the virus can stay viable on these for up to 9 days. Take note and be vigilant about touching hand rails, door knobs, etc. and keep these clean in home home
⭐️Don’t smoke
⭐️Wash your hands every 20 minutes with any soap that foams and do this for 20 seconds
⭐️Eat fruits and vegetables. Try to elevate your zinc levelS
⭐️Animals do not spread the virus to people. Its a person to person transmission.
⭐️Try to avoid getting the common flu as this already weakens your system and try to avoid eating and drinking any cold things.
⭐️If you feel any discomfort in your throat or a sore throat coming on, attack it immediately using the above methods. The virus enters the system through the throat but will sit in the throat for 3-4 days before it passes into your lungs.

In addition …Experts suggest doing this simple verification every morning: Breathe in deeply and hold your breath for 10 seconds. If this can be done without coughing, without difficulty, this shows that there is no fibrosis in the lungs, indicating the absence of infection. Do this every morning. #pandemic

San Diego pandemic stats
San Diego pandemic statistics
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Cannabis Biz in the Time of Covid-19

[Essential Work]

Weed Biz

California Cannabis Retailers Are Essential Workers

During the Covid-19 2020 pandemic shutdown Sacramento has deemed cannabis as a protected vital industry

By Rob

CANNABIS WORKERS ARE ESSENTIAL: From page one of the PDF detailing a list of essential workers in California during the pandemic shutdown. ‘Cannibis retailers’ are listed at the end of the paragraph at bullet point 4. A link to the PDF can be found on, at their March 20 post. For the actual list click the link below.

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California Essential Workers List PDF image.
California Essential Workers List PDF image.