Before the COVID-19 pandemic few nations and professions used masks in their normal course of life. After the invasion of virus, government and other institutions made it compulsory for everyone to wear it outdoors. Masks are either made at large scale or stitched according to the need and demand of the population.
I belong to India. Government made compulsory for everyone to wear face mask in public places. COVID posed some adverse effects on mankind, a lot of people lost their jobs, health issues and a lot more.
But some made it 24×7 engaged in stitching cloth masks. Cotton masks especially “local-made” became popular than surgical one, since it is handy, washable and reusable.
To make mask people used waste cloth from textile shops and from tailoring shops. These waste cloth in other way would become garbage and leads to pollution. Waste cloths share a major part in garbage or it is burnt, increasing air pollution. The situation changed in COVID -19 scenario. The waste fabrics are used for making masks . Eventually it will reduce the amount of garbage and finally pollution.
It is commonly observed that when mankind face challenges, it is the women who tend to be more productive than men. In midst of pandemic it is women, who were engaged in stitching and selling these masks. Even though men stitched masks, women contributed the most.
Making masks during the pandemic was an opportunity to a plethora of people especially poor so that they were able to run their home, meet their daily expenses to an extent. Currently there are a lot of people engaged in making masks, because of the health concerns and high demand raised by people and government.