Craft Project: Make Your Own Face Mask
While quarantined indoors, why not try a craft project that’s not only fun, but can also help to save lives? Read below to learn how to make your own face mask.
The Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises us to use face coverings in public:
- To slow the spread of the virus which causes COVID-19, and
- To help those who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
Statistics show that wearing face masks in public have been among the successful techniques used in countries that have flattened the curve of COVID-19 transmissions and infections. As new, more contagious strains of the coronavirus emerge, wearing a mask should be considered part of “the new normal” for us in America, until a vaccine or cure is found.
Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as a public health measure, along with proper hand washing and social distancing. Involve the entire family, and make masks for others too.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN MASK
Below are 3 ways to make your own mask, courtesy of the CDC. You can sew a mask by hand or by machine, or make one without sewing at all (PLEASE NOTE – cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance):
#1 – The Sewn Cloth Face Covering
#2 – The Scarf Face Covering (No-sew Method)
#3 – T-shirt Method (No-sew Method)
*IMPORTANT TIPS –
1. Your mask should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face.
2. Include at least two (2) layers of breathable fabric which allows for breathing without restriction. Homemade face masks that use a combination of tightly woven cotton and polyester-spandex chiffon or silk- type fabrics have been shown to provide a very effective filter for the aerosol particles that spread the COVID-19 virus, according to a study published in the scientific journal ACS Nano. The study showed that masks made with one layer of cotton and two layers of chiffon or silk will filter out some 80 to 99 percent of particles — similar to the effectiveness of the N95 mask material — due to the electrostatic barrier of the fabric.
3. Wash your mask regularly, depending on the frequency of use. Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing the face covering, and wash hands immediately after removing.
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