Originally Posted by Florestane
No cloth mask of any kind is a great hindrance to the Coronavirus. The purpose of short term wearing of a mask is to cut down on the wearer spreading the virus rather than catching it. Any kind of material covering the mouth and nose worn for a short period and then washed is therefore fine. Nobody was proposing that they be worn in a medical setting. And the sale raises money for a good cause. So it seems to me to be a perfectly good use of cloth serving no other purpose.
My suggestion would be: leave the tableclothes, let the honourable ladies and gentlemen multi-miliardaires donate the price for the tableclothes to the producer of medical masks.
Now tableclothes have to be transported to a facility, washed chemically, ripped up to pieces in a factory, dozens of seamstressses and seamsters have to create these masks, which have to be sealed, packed, transported, distributed.
And next year: new tableclothes have to be ordered. The most economic unlogic process anyone ever can imagine. Just a small donation from those tax-avoiding milliardaires in the principauté (which causes less tax revenues in their homelands for fighting the vrius...) is a 100 times more effective in acquiring masks than re-using tableclothes from the Bal de la Rose.