Easy No Sew Face Masks

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With the spread of COVID-19 showing no signs of slowing down the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), now encourage all people to wear masks or face coverings when out in public. Wearing glasses with a mask can also help block out any infected particles from infecting you. Places where masks are required to be worn are grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals, and job sites, especially if social distancing isn’t possible. Along with many other protective measures, such as social or physical distancing and proper hand washing, face masks may be an easy, inexpensive, and hopefully effective way to stay healthy and flatten the COVID-19 curve.

A Surgical Face Mask

There are three main types of masks: respirators, surgical masks, and cloth masks. Respirators such as N95, N99, and N100 are urged to be reserved/donated to the front line healthcare workers and others who need them to do their job. Surgical masks are very similar to cloth masks and are also urged to be donated to healthcare workers. Cloth masks are ones that you can make on your own. Although cloth masks are less effective than medical masks, it is better than wearing no mask at all. The CDC suggests using two layers of tightly woven 100 percent cotton fabric folded in multiple layers (at least two layers). Thicker, high-grade cotton masks are usually better at filtering. Built-in filters can help with the effectiveness of a DIY face masks, such as coffee filters, paper towels, and vacuum bags. Below is a video on how to make a mask with a coffee filter.

Bandana Face Masks of Sorts

Some important things to consider with masks is 

  • Make sure you have clean hands every time you put on, remove, or touch the surface of your face mask. 
  • Do not touch the inside of a mask before or after a wear, it increases chances of spreading sickness or getting sick.
  • Put on and take off the mask by grabbing it by the ear ties, not by touching the front or inside of the mask. 
  • Make sure the face mask fits snugly and the straps fit securely over the ears or behind the head. 
  • Avoid touching the mask while it’s on your face. Avoid touching your face all together.
  • Sanitize your mask properly. 
  • Put a cloth mask through the washer and dryer after each use. 
  • For N95 or surgical masks, place the face mask in a paper bag and store it in a warm, dry place for 2 or more days before wearing it again.  If you MUST reuse your respirator or surgical mask, isolate it in a breathable container (EX a paper bag for at least 7 days.)

If you have any supplies that you can donate to medical workers visit the website https://getusppe.org/  (Get Us Personal Protective Equipment). The website provides four options to help: volunteer, donate money, donate medical supplies, or become a maker (somebody who makes medical supplies.) Or if you or a family member are a medical worker you are able to request supplies to be delivered to your workplace. Some things that they accept are respirators (N95-equivalent or better), surgical/procedure masks, face shields, safety goggles, safety glasses, etc.

Stay Home, Stay Safe, Flatten the Curve.