We know you should have questions, so we list what you need to know about how to make, wear, buy and donate masks, from hand-sewn masks to un-sewn covers and even bandanas & # 39; s attached to your ears with hair bands. (As an alternative to making your own mask, you can also find and buy a face mask online.)
Homemade face masks may not block every particle and are not guaranteed to not getbut they can help in some circumstances (more below). The severe shortage of that help protect medical professionals such as doctors and nurses from acquiring the has meant that ordinary citizens needed an alternative to slow down its spread.
during walks and in shops, and that is still the most recommended medical advice for healthy people not to get the coronavirus.
Face Mask vs. Face Cover: What's the Difference?
The CDC emphasizes the use of "facials" in its recommendation, not necessarily "face masks". So what's the difference? A face cover can be any fabric covering the nose and mouth, including a scarf or bandana wrapped around the face.
A face mask refers to a more specific shape that usually includes material that fits better on the nose, mouth and skull, such as through the use of ear straps.
It is possible that "face cover" is used to distinguish between coverings and surgical masksthat are so critically low in hospitals in New York and the rest of the country.
Here's what the CDC says, "Cloth face coverings made from household items or made from ordinary materials at home can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure."
How Homemade Face Masks Can Help
Homemade face mask patterns were available online before the coronavirus pandemic began. Most are designed to trap large particles such as dust; air pollution from cars, factories or ashes; and allergens such as pollen.
Non-N95 face masks or coverings may not be able to block the smallest particles, but there are some advantages to wearing them, in addition to the following precautions:
- Can block large particles emitted from sneezing and cough.  Can help protect others from sneezing and coughing if you have contracted the virus, but are otherwise asymptomatic and in public.
- Can stimulate more conscious behavior, including avoiding touching the mouth, nose and eyes.
- Peace of Mind.
Where can I buy face masks if I don't make one myself?
We've put together an even broader list for you onhere, and you can also check out the stores below (note that stock is running out quickly).
We recommend that you wash any face masks you purchase to sterilize them before use.
Where to find face mask patterns to make yourself
If you're looking for patterns, find one that extends above the nose and under the chin for maximum coverage. Ideally, it should fit your face well. These sites have patterns you can create, including manuals:
Some patterns show a folded design. Others are more N95 or surgical masks. Some people even use old bras to make face masks.
There are even patterns designed for the deaf and hard of hearing. The designs have a clear screen so that people can see your mouth while talking. You can also make face shields from 2-liter empty soda bottles.
If you volunteer to make face masks for a health center or hospital that requested it (more below), visit the hospital website – somewhere to find patterns they prefer to use for you.
Materials You Need to Make a Face Mask at Home
To make a DIY Face Mask, you'll want to have these supplies on hand:
- Cotton Fabric
- Elastic  A sewing kit or sewing machine
- A non-porous yet breathable material to go between the fabric (this can be detailed in a pattern).
- Some designs require filter material to be added in an attempt to block smaller particles.
After you have finished making the mask, there is no harm in sterilizing it by throwing it in the washing machine or boiling it in water. Then let it air dry in an area with good airflow or where the sun hits, such as in front of a window.
Options for no-sew if you can't sew
If you don't know where to start when it comes to sewing, there is an option for no-sew face mask. Instead of stitching the fabric together, you can use fabric glue and an iron. The iron is used to melt and glue the fabric together. You should also use the iron to make pleats in the fabric for a thicker mask.
If you don't have those materials, you can use a scarf and a few hair bows or elastics to quickly make a face cover – again, this is for personal use.
What to do if your ears get raw
When the elastic bands start rubbing your ears painfully, you can make a buttoned headband. In this case, the elastic bands wrap around the buttons rather than around your ears, making it potentially more comfortable to wear.
You can also use an S-ring hook to attach the straps – take the straps and place them around each U of the ring. When you are ready to wear the mask, the S-ring should be on the back of your head. This can also help make the mask fit your face better, as the ring would tighten the bands.
Where to Donate the Masks You Make
If you want to donate homemade face masks, there are multiple options, including Joann and hospitals and organizations on this list. Right now, Joann is giving away free kits to those who want to help by making masks at home to donate. You can pick them up at a Joann location near you.
You can also search the Internet for donations of local face masks near you. Find out how these groups prefer to receive your face masks and ensure social distance and smart practices as you deliver them.
Are there places where you should wear a mask?
While it is highly recommended by the CDC that people wear face covers in public, it is still optional for most. However, some cities requirewhen going out in public. Some Bay Area counties, such as Contra Costa, San Mateo, and Marin, now require residents to wear face coverings in public. Laredo, Texas, has fined its residents a $ 1,000 fine if they don't wear face masks in public. Guthrie, Oklahoma, has made the wearing of cloth masks compulsory within city limits. Even the Pentagon has mandated everyone in the defense department to cover their faces. .
To see if your city has issued a mandate, contact your local Chamber of Commerce or City Hall.
To help you continue to deal with the coronavirus in your area, here are theand everything you need to know about homemade face masks, and after going out .
The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health care professional if you have questions about a medical condition or health goals.