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Since the coronavirus outbreak, doctors and scientists the world over have debated the benefits of people wearing a homemade face mask while out in public. Countries have taken different views – even official bodies within the same country haven’t agreed. We answer some common questions about homemade masks, and show an easy way to make one.
For this simple method, all you need is a bandana or square scarf, scissors, a coffee filter and elastic hair bands. This is based on instructions from the public health body in the US, the CDC.
You can find a detailed explanation of how to make DIY masks on the CDC site.
If you’ve got a sewing machine handy at home, you could also try sewing your own mask with any kind of tightly woven cotton fabric, such as t-shirts or cotton sheets.
Cut out two 10-by-6-inch (25cm x 15cm) rectangles of your cotton fabric. Then, stack the two rectangles together for sewing; this is your mask base.
Fold over the long sides ¼ inch (0.5cm) and hem. Then, fold the double layer of fabric over ½ inch (1cm) along the short sides and stitch down.
Push your 6-inch (15cm) length of 1/8-inch (3mm) wide elastic through the wider hem on each side of the mask for the ear loops. Use a large needle or your bobby pin to thread it through and tie the ends tight.
Substitute with hair ties if you don’t have any elastic. If you’re using string, make the ties longer and tie the mask behind your head.
Pull on the elastic gently to tuck the knots inside the hem. Gather the sides of the mask and adjust for the ideal fit. Then, stitch the elastic in place to keep it from slipping.
Photos by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Not directly, but there are still reasons to consider using one. Wearing a homemade cloth mask is more about keeping the virus in than keeping it out – in other words, protecting the people around you if you have coronavirus but aren’t showing symptoms. Equally, if others around you are wearing one, then that could help protect you. The idea is that the cloth will prevent the spread of droplets from your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough. But experts are split on whether this is really effective.
The latest policy from the UK government is that people in England, aged two and over, must wear a face-covering when in an enclosed public space such as in shops, or on public transport, where it’s hard to keep apart from other people. The aim of face-coverings is to help prevent the wearer from inadvertently spreading the disease – some people have no symptoms but can spread it. England’s Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty, has asked the public to stick to DIY homemade face-coverings or scarves, instead of medical and surgical masks that should be reserved for front-line carers. As devolved nations, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are publishing their own advice on such restrictions. It is compulsory for people in Scotland to wear face coverings in shops and on public transport, and mask-wearing is also advised in Northern Ireland and Wales when in enclosed spaces.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends wearing face masks when social distancing cannot be maintained.
Most mask tutorials require relatively basic materials such as cloth, elastic, rubber bands or T-shirts. You should be able to source everything you need from sites like eBay.
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When putting a mask on, a tight seal should be created against your nose and mouth. You should test that a seal has been created by exhaling heavily. Air should not escape through any cracks. If a seal hasn’t been created, re-fit and test again.
First, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly. When you’re ready to take the mask off, be careful not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth when doing so and wash your hands immediately after removing.
Yes. Homemade cloth masks made from scarves and T-shirts are easily washable and you should clean them after every use. A washing machine should suffice for properly washing a face covering, or hand-washing your mask in hot soapy water and leaving it to dry is recommended.
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