We want to offer a special thanks to the frontline workers who helped Anywear design headbands and medical caps with buttons for comfortably holding in place face coverings and masks. The members of our committee were featured in Allure’s 51 Faces of America portfolio of female frontline workers around the country (one from every state, plus D.C.). During reporting for the story, it became clear that health care workers were suffering from abrasions, bruises, and marks from PPE, evidence of physical pain caused by wearing uncomfortable masks during long shifts. During a Zoom session with the frontline workers in our committee, Anywear fine-tuned the designs of its headbands and caps to ensure that they provide the most relief possible to frontline workers.
Annie Park, MD is a board-certified physician specialized in anesthesiology and interventional pain management living in San Diego, CA.
“Designs that offload some of the pressure on my ears are really great. These colorful designs add a little bit of a personal touch and are a great way to brighten up a health care worker’s day. These are tough times for so many different communities. The charities I’m giving to in my area right now are the San Diego Food Bank and San Diego SPCA.”
Jacqueline Oraedu,MPAS, PA-C is a physician assistant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and graduate student at A.T. Still University. “Be safe, but make it fashion…. and comfortable. Until now, what we’ve been required to wear has kept us safe, but hasn’t been the most comfortable. It’s also hard to appear personable behind a mask. Not only will these designs be more comfortable, they will allow us to show some personality. They’re a great gift because it shows that we are noticed, we are seen, and appreciated.”