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Here's How You Can Make Your Own Face Mask At Home

Here's How You Can Make Your Own Face Mask At Home

The public is advised not to purchase surgical masks or N95 respirators as healthcare workers are facing shortages.

There's a lot of buzz around face masks during the Coronavirus pandemic. Here's what you need to know. Do NOT purchase surgical masks or N95 respirators. Medical staff are already suffering from shortages and need these to treat patients. What's more important is to wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water before touching your face. Practice social distancing; maintain at least six feet of distance from others and staying home as much. "Homemade masks are partially effective," said Dr. Koushik Kasanagottu, an internal medicine resident at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Maryland. They offer a physical barrier from viral particles, he said, but they don't have the filters that N95 respirators do, reports CNN. You can make your own, according to CDC. with items found around the house: a T-shirt and rubber bands. Just take a look at Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, sharing ways to create your own face-covering in a few easy steps below:



 

 

Make sure not to take your mask off in public when you leave your house wearing one. Avoid touching it as it can get contaminated. Once you return, untie it from the back; don't touch the front of it. Wash your hands and the mask immediately. They're better than nothing, especially for people who only go out in public to make a quick trip to the grocery store or pharmacy, noted Anna Davies and Raina MacIntyre, public health researchers and authors of two separate studies on the effectiveness of cloth mask.

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If you'd like a DIY-sewn face mask,  here's what you'll need, according to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin.

Sewing machine OR needle and thread
Pencil or marker
Scissors
A handful of sewing pins
Iron2 pieces of tight-weave cotton fabric, 9 x 6 inches (per mask)
4 strips of fabric, 2 x 16 inches (per mask)
Ruler

STEPS:

1. Cut your fabric into two 9 x 6-inch rectangles and put them on top of each other.

Step 1

 

2. On the top of the 9-inch side, pin or mark a 2-inch opening in the center of the top edge of the 9-inch side, between the 3.5- and 5.5-inch points, along the top edge. Then, sew the edges on either side of where you pinned or marked the opening. You'll need that 2-inch opening to turn the mask right side out. Sew the other three sides of the mask shut, too.

Step 2

 

3. Turn the mask right side out through the 2-inch opening you left on the top. Use an iron over the mask to get rid of wrinkles.

Step 3

 

4. Line your ruler up vertically along the 6-inch side of the mask. Starting at the 1.5-inch line, pin where you'll sew your pleats down the side. These pleats will help you stretch out the mask. Pin again at the 2-, 3-, 3.5-, 4.5- and 5-inch lines.

Step 4

 5. Bring the pin at the 1.5-inch line down to the 2-inch line, and that's how you make a pleat! Repeat with the 3-inch to the 3.5-inch and the 4.5-inch to the 5-inch line. Pin your new pleats, and repeat on the other side.  Sew the sides of your mask up so the pleats are laid flat.

Step 5

 

Mask Ties

1. Cut 4 strips of fabric, 2 inches wide by 16 inches long.

Step 1

 

2. Fold them in half and make sure to do it lengthwise.

Step 2

 

3. Turn them under 1/4-inch on the long side.  Iron them in place, then close the long side by stitching it in.

Step 3

 

4.  Pin each tie to a corner of the mask.

Step 4

 

5. Sew around the perimeter of the mask once more so the ties are attached.

Step 5

 

And that's it, you're done! Don't forget to look at the instructions on how to use the mask properly in the earlier half of this post. Stay safe!

DIY Mask

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