How To Make a Non-Medical Facial Mask for Coronaviruses – No Sewing Required | US news


The US Centers for Disease Control now recommends that all Americans wear face masks in public to reduce the transmission of Covid-19. Because there is a widespread shortage of medical grade face masks, and leaders and experts agree that they should be used only by health care providers, individuals largely manufacture home face masks.

Jeremy Howard, researcher at the University of San Francisco and co-founder of Masks 4 All, explains how to create your own, with no seams required.

Version one – the mask of the T-shirt:


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  1. Start with an old T-shirt, preferably 100% cotton – everything will do as long as it is not too thin – and describe the pattern of the mask. The bottom line should pass just under the armpits of the shirt. Make sure the part that goes over your face is large enough to cover your nose and mouth.
  2. Cut along the lines across the two sides of the shirt so that your mask has two layers.
  3. Place a safety pin along the bottom and insert a piece of paper towel or coffee filter between the two layers of the T-shirt. This acts as an additional filter and sits on top of the safety pin.

  4. Attach the mask to the front of your face, covering your nose and mouth. Attach the upper straps under the back of your head and the lower straps at the top of your head. This will ensure a good fit under your chin. By covering your mouth, you have now protected those around you, and the better you are, the more you will protect yourself as well.

Version two – the handkerchief mask:

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  1. Start with a handkerchief and two hair ties. The elastics are good too, although they are less comfortable.

  2. Follow the handkerchief in half, along a horizontal axis, and make a nice fold.

  3. Place a piece of paper towel or a coffee filter in the center of the tissue. Fold the top down and the bottom up, so that the coffee filter or paper towel rests in the crease.

  4. Place your first elastic about a third of the way from the edge of the tissue. Place the second elastic a third of the distance from the other side. The two elastics should be approximately one hand width apart.

  5. Fold the left side toward the center, then fold the right side toward the center, folding the right side into the left flap.

Use and take care of your mask:

  • Do not wear it at home or carry it in the car, unless you are with people outside your usual family group. Do not wear it more than necessary – just wear it when you are in a public place, such as a supermarket, where you may be within 6 feet of people. This may not be necessary in a park or on a quiet street with few pedestrians, when you are moving.

  • Do not remove the mask until you are at home or in a place where you can wash your hands and avoid getting within 6 feet of other people. When removing the mask, avoid touching the front of the mask in case you have breathed infected droplets that may now be there.

  • Remove and discard the paper towel. Place the rest of the mask in soapy water, soak it for two minutes, then wash and rinse. Any type of soap – dish soap, laundry detergent, hand soap – will do the trick. Then wash your hands and disinfect anything you touch after removing the mask with bleach or alcohol. Never reuse a mask without having previously washed it.

  • The next time you wear the mask, be sure to replace the paper towel.

  • If you have symptoms – stuffy nose, cough, fever – stay indoors.


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