Desperate to protect myself against the Coronavirus, I have tested, but found wanting, the standard defenses: liquid sanitizers, medicinal wipes, compulsive hand-washing, a large No Soliciting sign on the front door, hiding in the dark under my bed.
I considered a mask, and did extensive research, but concluded that the regular design would not be effective.
In the course of my research, however, a simple Google request for masks did produce a remarkable trove from cultures, worldwide, that have used masks for protection from evil spirits and other malign forces.
I considered, but ultimately rejected, a number of possibilities:
I considered a few that seemed appropriately threatening:
But, in the end, the choice came down to two:
I have tried both, and they work magnificently. Even those who might want to attack me keep their distance, and it’s much more than the recommended six feet!