Masks have come a long way since the beginning of the pandemic when people were advised to cut and fold old t-shirts. There are a lot of options, both in terms of material and look. But fashion and comfort don’t always go hand-in-hand with actually stopping the virus. Markian Hawryluk is a reporter for Kaiser Health News and is based in Lakewood. He recently wrote a story about how states’ face covering mandates leave gaps in protection.