Disney is selling cloth face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic and is donating a million cloth face masks for children and families in underserved and vulnerable communities nationwide.
In a statement, Disney said: “Disney is committed to serving the communities where we live and work. During these challenging times, we’re using the power of our timeless stories and beloved characters to address our guests’ needs for family-friendly reusable cloth face masks.”
The Disney masks come in packs of four, each with a different design, with six sets to choose from, including Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, Disney princesses, and Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
The masks come in small, medium, and large sizes, and are made from polyester and cotton. The Disney face masks cost $19.99 for a pack of four and Disney will donate the profits of the sales in the U.S. to MedShare, up to $1 million through September 20, 2020.
Disney Masks for Coronavirus
The Star Wars set includes a Baby Yoda design and an R2D2 design, a mask featuring Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Chewbacca, and a mask featuring the Star Wars logo and graphics.
The Mickey and Minnie set features two white masks, one with multiple Mickey Mouse figures and the other with multiple Minnie Mouse figures, a red mask with white polka dots and Minnie Mouse designs, and a navy mask with white Disney logos.
The Disney Princess and Frozen set includes a mask featuring the names of the princesses, a purple Anna and Elsa mask, a blue The Little Mermaid mask, and a pink mask featuring princesses like Belle, Jasmine, Ariel, and Tiana.
One set features the nose and mouths of Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Stitch, and Marie from The Aristocats.
A Pixar set includes a mask featuring Forky from Toy Story 4, a mask with a Mike from Monsters Inc. design, a mask featuring characters from Toy Story, Up, Inside Out, The Incredibles, Wall-E, and Cars, and a mask with square designs of famous Pixar characters.
Finally, the Marvel set includes a mask with the Marvel logo, a mask with the Hulk’s mouth and nose, a mask featuring Marvel characters like Spiderman, Iron Man, the Hulk, and Captain America, and a mask with Black Panther symbols.
Where can I buy Disney Face Masks?
The Disney face masks are available for pre-order on the online Disney store, ShopDisney.com, and are limited to two sets of four per customer. Disney states that the face masks should become available by July 15, 2020.
The CDC advises that members of the public should wear cloth face masks rather than surgical masks which should be reserved for healthcare workers.
However, Disney states that their masks are not FDA approved and that they should not be used “in a clinical setting where the infection risk level through inhalation exposure is high; for antimicrobial or antiviral protection or related uses or uses for infection prevention or reduction or related uses; as a respiratory protective device, or for high-risk aerosol-generating procedures.”
“Disney makes no warranties, either express or implied, that the face mask prevents infection or the transmission of viruses or diseases.”
How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings
According to CDC advice, cloth face coverings should:
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Be secured with ties or ear loops
- Include multiple layers of fabric
- Allow for breathing without restriction
- Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to the shape
- Be washed regularly
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advice on Using Face Coverings to Slow Spread of COVID-19
- CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering in public where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
- A simple cloth face covering can help slow the spread of the virus by those infected and by those who do not exhibit symptoms.
- Cloth face coverings can be fashioned from household items. Guides are offered by the CDC.
- Cloth face coverings should be washed regularly. A washing machine will suffice.
- Practice safe removal of face coverings by not touching eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash hands immediately after removing the covering.
World Health Organization advice for avoiding spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- Clean hands frequently with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
- Wash hands after coughing or sneezing; when caring for the sick; before, during and after food preparation; before eating; after using the toilet; when hands are visibly dirty; and after handling animals or waste.
- Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your hands, nose and mouth. Do not spit in public.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing. Discard the tissue immediately and clean your hands.
- Avoid close contact with others if you have any symptoms.
- Stay at home if you feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and runny nose, to avoid potential spread of the disease to medical facilities and other people.
- If you develop serious symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) seek medical care early and contact local health authorities in advance.
- Note any recent contact with others and travel details to provide to authorities who can trace and prevent spread of the disease.
- Stay up to date on COVID-19 developments issued by health authorities and follow their guidance.
Mask and glove usage
- Healthy individuals only need to wear a mask if taking care of a sick person.
- Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
- Masks are effective when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning.
- Do not touch the mask while wearing it. Clean hands if you touch the mask.
- Learn how to properly put on, remove and dispose of masks. Clean hands after disposing of the mask.
- Do not reuse single-use masks.
- Regularly washing bare hands is more effective against catching COVID-19 than wearing rubber gloves.
- The COVID-19 virus can still be picked up on rubber gloves and transmitted by touching your face.