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‘The masks are hard to find,’ said Morgan Clay, 24, seen here with Mia Simone, 19, and Chloe Wilkerson, 16, in Detroit on Thursday. They’ve been wearing masks each time they leave the house for the past two weeks.

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Jose Quintero, an employee for Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, said he’s been wearing masks for the past week when he’s working .

John Brito, 33, Jasmine Brito 26 and Alana Brito, 4, in Manhattan, wearing masks Ms. Brito crocheted. Bess Adler for The Wall Street Journal

‘I was sick. I’ve felt better for 18 days, but this is my first day out. I have a smile on my face underneath this mask.’ – John Brito

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Midnight Wilder, who helps out at Manny’s bike shop in Venice, Calif., has been wearing his mask for two weeks.

Juana Santana, 42, works at a Key Foods grocery store in the Wakefield section of The Bronx, N.Y. Kevin Hagen for The Wall Street Journal

‘I got this from a friend. He made it, $8 each, I bought three. When the schools closed I came to work the next day, and the Key Foods gave masks to everybody.’ – Juana Santana

Darius Robertson of Detroit is seen with a hand-sewn Detroit Lions mask that his nephew’s grandmother made for him. Emily Rose Bennett for The Wall Street Journal

‘I just got this mask today. You have to have a mask,’ Darius Roberston said. ‘It helps keep me from touching my face. Some of them have style and swag to them,’ he said, referring to his Detroit Lions mask.

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Brendan O’Connell, 26, center, of Detroit, sits on the sidewalk in the afternoon sun with his roommates on Thursday. Mr. O’Connell and his roommates don’t use masks, saying they’d rather have healthcare professionals use them. He added that his hygiene habits are pretty good.

Carmen Vega, 70, on a quick shopping trip in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. Bess Adler for The Wall Street Journal

 ‘I started wearing my mask around two weeks ago because my kids want me to wear it when I go outside and have a lot of people around me.’ – Carmen Vega

Chris Covington, 36, of Detroit, said he wears a mask whenever he leaves the house. Emily Rose Bennett for The Wall Street Journal

‘I have five different health conditions. I’ve stopped going to the grocery store. There’s people everywhere not wearing masks.’ -Chris Covington

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Edward Vernede, 42, in New York, said he’s been wearing a mask for two weeks.

Melanie Trecha, 27, who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. Bess Adler for The Wall Street Journal

‘To the best of my knowledge, it doesn’t do anything unless you’re sick. I’d rather save them for people that need them if I had access to them. A friend offered me one and I said no because they should be given to folks that need them more.’ -Melanie Trecha

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A cyclist rides near Silver Lake Reservoir in Los Angeles on Thursday.

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