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The CDC has finally recommended that people wear a fabric mask when out in public. Fabric being the key here, as they really don't want everyone hoarding medical masks when people in the medical field need these the most and our country is currently in short supply.
If you happen to have a supply of N-95 respirators or surgical masks that are in an unopened package, please consider donating these to people working in the frontlines and making a fabric mask for yourself.
It has been reported that as many as 25% of people with COVID-19 might be asymptomatic. This is why it is important to wear a mask. Wearing a masks helps stop the spread of the disease by containing respiratory droplets of people who might be sick. Wearing a mask also helps people remember to not touch their face.
There are thousands of tutorials online of making masks from bras, paper towels, tea towels and even vacuum bags. It can be hard to wade through them all to find one that is best.
There haven't been studies on which mask design works best and so experts are not willing to recommend one mask pattern. There are a few things you should look for in a mask that I have listed below.
Before putting on your mask, wash your hands. Once the mask is on do not pull it off and on. There might be a likelihood of contracting the virus by touching the outside of the mask then touching your face. Wash your hands after removing the mask and putting it in the wash.
With these things in mind here are a few masks that I found online that I think meet this criteria.
Suay has done a lot of work trying to make the best medical mask alternative. They have even tested the filtration abilities of their mask made with different materials. This mask is a bit more difficult, novice sewers beware.
What mask designs have you liked? Share them below.
If you can use a sewing machine then this pleated fabric mask may be your next project. This mask style and tutorial was found on the Kaiser Permanente website and recreated for the associated project.
You don't need to know how to sew to make a face mask to help prevent the spread of the COVID19 virus. This page contains some examples of no-sew masks.
The folding is the key to creating this no-sew fabric mask. The steps are fully explained and illustrated below.
The tutorial on this page will show you how to make a disposable mask using paper products you may already have. Social distancing continues to be highly recommended by medical experts even when wearing any type of paper or fabric mask.