The U.S. Surgeon General has created a video of the easiest no sew DIY face mask tutorial. Now that it's recommended that everyone cover their face when they leave the house many of us are left scrambling to figure out how to get a cloth mask.
The CDC advises that cloth face masks should:
- fit snugly against the side of the face
- be secured with ties or ear loops
- include multiple layers of fabric
- allow for breathing without restriction
- be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape. Machine washing is sufficient in sterilizing.
You have only two options for homemade masks
This tutorial is the absolute easiest no-sew face mask tutorial. It's not a traditional mask but in a pinch it will work for shopping or working. The video tutorial is below. Scroll down.
This video by U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams will show you how to turn a full t-shirt, a bandana or a piece of fabric into an acceptable face mask with just 2 rubber bands.
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From the CDC:
"CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance."