This DIY mask tutorial calls for a reusable grocery bag made from non-woven polypropylene, similar to the material N95 masks are made of. It also uses pipe cleaners, which allow for an adjustable fit around the nose. Be sure to wash your reusable bag before starting this project.
A paperclip or other wire could be used instead of pipe cleaners. Instead of a reusable grocery bag, you could use cotton fabric. Ribbon, shoelaces or strips of fabric can be used for mask ties. This video shows hand-sewing, but you could try using a sewing machine.
WHY MAKE A MASK?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that Americans wear cloth masks or other face coverings in public as a preventative measure to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The recommendation is a reversal from previous guidelines issued by the agency, which had said that healthy people did not need to wear face coverings. The agency started to rethink those guidelines as more and more evidence showed that asymptomatic people could unwittingly spread the virus.
Though homemade masks don’t offer the protective seal of N95 masks, studies show homemade masks are better than nothing, especially if people find themselves in a confined space like a MAX train or bus.
Beyond the protection they offer to those wearing them, they also reduce the likelihood that people with the virus, who may not be showing symptoms, will spread it to others.
ARE HOMEMADE MASKS HELPING?
Read more at The Oregonian/OregonLive: https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/are-homemade-masks-helping-for-some-uses-but-theyre-no-replacement-for-proper-equipment-authorities-say.html