Delaware County, Pennsylvania Real Estate Blog: Face Masks

Face Masks

Years ago, in another career, I was given the opportunity to spend a month in Japan to further my education within the Japanese textile company I worked for. It was a wonderful experience and I was able to observe some of the ways this island culture interacted with each other.


Face MasksOne way was how people who were concerned about spreading germs or picking up germs, wore face masks. The masks were worn by people who were feeling under the weather, say with the onset of a cold or known flu. The wearer would use the mask in public and on the job, so they would not spread their germs to others.

To me this was a very thoughtful gesture.


The masks were probably worn also by healthy people, so they would not pick up germs while around others in public, or in close quarters with others, much like how healthy hospital workers do, when dealing with certain patients in a hospital setting.


Now that we are all in a new reality with this Covid-19 pandemic, the use of face masks has become an almost universal thing. Research will reveal the actual benefits of using cloth face masks. But for now, I will gladly wear a mask in public to hopefully not spread an unseen virus that has taken life and has changed life as we know it.


In the photos are a few cloth masks I have made before running out of elastic. We kept a few for ourselves and the others were mailed to family who live at a distance.


Please take care everyone.


Making a Face Mask






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Comment balloon 7 commentsGloria Todor • April 09 2020 09:18PM


Hi Gloria-I have heard the cloth ones are better than the paper kind. I would like the blue ones. Hope you are well.  

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) about 2 months ago

Hi Gloria- what a very thoughtful thing to do for your family. I ordered a few from a local business who has turned their design business into making and selling masks. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 2 months ago

Gloria Japan has always been a head of the curve... when it comes to food sanitation I have learned so much from our Japanese friends... now let's look at shacking hands an American tradition... Japanese bow and do not shake hands... what a new concept:))Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) about 2 months ago

Hello Gloria - what a great opportunity you had for a month-long stay in another country.  You were able to hone your skills on perception(as well as perspective) in addition to so many other things.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 about 2 months ago

Gloria that was a fabulous opportunity for you to live in Japan.  I have clients living there right now and it's fascinating to hear their stories.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) about 2 months ago

I'm wondering if this virus will change the way we do things in the future. For example, I always thought it was somewhat odd to see folks flying with face masks, I'm guessing they figure we're odd for not wearing one.  And, perhaps shaking hands will be replace too...

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) about 2 months ago

In the future, I wouldn't be surprised if facemasks become more the norm than they are currently.  And, I wouldn't be surprised if we didn't see some pretty clever designs as well.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 24 days ago

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