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You’ve seen homemade masks and face covers everywhere you go – from masks with elastic straps to bandana masks with hair ties worn around the face when you’re in public. At the end of last week, the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in places where the risk of transmission from person to person is higher. We understand that you must have questions, so we decompose how it happened and what you need to know about making, wearing, buying and donating masks.
Let’s start briefly with how homemade masks got so huge and why. Even before the new CDC recommendation, there was a growing trend from the grassrootsfrom common materials such as cotton fabric, elastic and sometimes a filter material. If you are considering creating your own facial mask for personal use, we would like to provide you with helpful resources and information before we begin.
The main problem to be resolved is the severe shortage of, which help protect healthcare professionals, such as doctors and nurses, . Another type of medical grade mask, surgical masks – which are not proven to effectively block the smallest particles that can transmit the respiratory virus – are also rare. Shops such as and stopped selling N95 masks to the public in response to the shortage.
This is where homemade masks come in. Although they cannot block all particles, they can help under certain circumstances (see below).
Homemade masks are available in a variety of designs and styles, so you’ll want to know the different options available to you – and some hospitals recommend certain designs over others. We will also explain the materials you need to make a mask, where to buy pre-made masks and where to give extra masks you make.
Remember, there is no solid evidence that homemade masks and face covers can prevent you from, but below are some potential benefits of wearing something on your face when you .
It is important to remember that homemade and hand-sewn face masks should be used in combination with the appropriate masks.on walks and in stores, and that is still the most recommended medical advice for healthy people to avoid getting the virus.
Facial mask or face cover: what’s the difference?
The CDC insists on the use of “face covers” in its recommendation, not necessarily “face masks”. So what’s the difference? A face cover can be any fabric that covers the nose and mouth, including a scarf or bandana wrapped around the face.
A facial mask refers to a more specific form which generally involves a material more suited to the nose, mouth and skull, such as using ear straps.
It is possible that the “face cover” is used to differentiate the coatings fromwhich are so low in hospitals in New York and the rest of the country.
Here is what the CDC says: “Cloth face covers made from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional and voluntary measure of public health. “
How homemade masks can help
Homemade face masks were available online before the coronavirus pandemic began. Most of them are intended to block large particles such as dust; air pollution from cars, factories or ash; and allergens such as pollen.
Non-N95 masks or coverings may not be able to block even the smallest particles, but there are some advantages to wearing one, in addition to following other precautions:
- Can block large particles ejected from sneezing and coughing
- Could help protect others from sneezing and coughing if you have the virus but are otherwise asymptomatic and in public
- Could encourage more attentive behavior, especially by avoiding touching the mouth, nose and eyes
- Peace of mind
Where can I buy face masks if I don’t make them?
We have compiled an even wider list for you onhere, and you can also check out the stores below (note that the stock is going fast).
We recommend washing all the masks you buy to sterilize them before use.
Where to find models of masks to make yourself
When looking for patterns, look for one that goes above the nose and under the chin for maximum coverage. It should ideally fit your face perfectly. Sites such as Joann, a fabric and craft store, and Pinterest have templates you can create, with how-to guides included.
Some patterns have a folded design. Others are more in the form of N95 or surgical masks.
If you are volunteering to make masks for a health care center or hospital that requested them (more below), visit the hospital website – a update on the models they prefer you were using.
Materials you will need to make a facial mask at home
To start a DIY facial mask, you will need these supplies handy:
- Cotton fabric
- A sewing kit or a sewing machine
- A non-porous but breathable material to go between the fabric (this can be detailed in a pattern)
- Some designs require filter material, which is added in order to block small particles
Once you’ve finished making the mask, it doesn’t hurt to sterilize it by throwing it in the washing machine or boiling it in water. Then let it air dry in an area with good air circulation or where the sun hits, like in front of a window.
Seamless options if you can’t sew
If you don’t know where to start when it comes to sewing, there is a seamless face mask option. Instead of sewing the fabric together, you can use fabric glue and an iron. Iron is used to fuse the fabric and the glue. You will also need to use the iron to create folds in the fabric for a thicker mask.
If you don’t have any of these materials, you can use a scarf and some hair ties or rubber bands to quickly make a face cover – again, this is for personal use.
What to do if your ears get raw
If the elastic straps start to painfully rub your ears, you can make a headband with buttons. In this case, the elastic straps would pass around the buttons, rather than your ears, making it potentially more comfortable to wear.
You can also use an S-ring hook to attach the straps – take the straps and place them around each U in the ring. When you are ready to wear the mask, the S-ring should be located on the back of your head. It can also help the mask fit better around your face as the ring would help pull the straps snugly.
Where you can donate the masks you make
If you are looking to donate homemade masks, there are several options, including Joann and the hospitals and organizations on this list.
You can also search the Internet for donations of local masks near you. Make sure you know how these groups prefer to receive your face masks and maintain social distance and smart practices while you put them on.
Are there places where you should wear a mask?
Although it is highly recommended by the CDC for people to wear face covers in public, it is still optional. However, some cities require residents to wear masks when going out in public. Laredo, Texas, fines residents of $ 1,000 for not wearing masks in public. Guthrie, Oklahoma has made it mandatory to wear cloth masks within the city limits. Even the Pentagon has mandated everyone in the Defense Ministry facilities to cover their faces.
To see if your city has issued a warrant, you can check with your local chamber of commerce or city hall.
To help you better deal with coronaviruses in your region, here are theand all about homemade masks, and after having .
The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended for medical or health advice. Always consult a doctor or other qualified health care professional for any questions you may have about a medical condition or health goals.