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Homemade masks and face coverings are now ubiquitous – from masks with elastic straps to bandanas that are worn around the face in public. The recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention late last week was that people should voluntarily wear cloth covers in public in places where there was a risk of coronavirus from Person to person transfer higher. We understand that you have to have questions, so let's break down, how it came about, and what you need to know about making, wearing, buying, and donating masks.
Let's start briefly with how homemade face masks got so big and why. Even before the new recommendation from the CDC, there was a growing trend at the base of making face masks at home from common materials such as cotton fabric, rubber band and sometimes filter material. If you're considering creating your own face mask for personal use, we'd like to provide you with some helpful resources and information before you begin.
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The main problem is the serious lack of N95 masks that help protect medical professionals such as doctors and nurses from acquiring the coronavirus . Another type of medical mask, surgical masks that have been shown not to block the smallest particles that can transmit the respiratory virus, are also in short supply. Shops such as Amazon and Target have stopped selling N95 masks to the public in response to the shortage.
This is where homemade masks come into play. While they may not be able to block all particles, they can help in certain circumstances (more below).
Self-made masks come in different patterns and styles. You should therefore be aware of the various options that are available to you. Some hospitals recommend certain designs over others. We also explain which materials you need to make a mask, where to buy pre-made masks and where to donate additional masks.
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Keep in mind that there is no clear evidence that homemade masks and face coverings can prevent you from acquiring the coronavirus but we outline some potential benefits below if you wear something on your face if you go the house .
It is important to remember that homemade and hand-sewn face masks in combination with appropriate social distance should be used on walks and in shops and that thorough hand washing is still available most recommended medical advice for healthy people to avoid acquiring the virus.