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Homemade masks and face coverings are becoming ubiquitous – from masks with elastic straps to bandanas that are worn around the face in public. And with the new recommendations of the Centers for Control and Prevention of Diseases for people to voluntarily wear public face coverings made of fabric where the risk of transmission of the coronavirus from person to person is higher. We understand that you need to have questions about how it came about and what you need to know about making, wearing, buying and donating masks.
Let's start briefly with how homemade face masks got so big and why. Before changing the official proposal of the CDC – previously it was said that the general public did not have to wear face masks – there was a growing desire by the base to face masks at home from common materials such as cotton fabric, elastic and sometimes a filter material. If you want to create your own face mask for personal use, we would like to provide you with some helpful resources and information before you start.
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The main problem is the severe lack of N95 masks that help protect medical professionals such as doctors and nurses from acquiring the coronavirus . Surgical masks that have been shown not to effectively block the smallest particles that can transmit the respiratory virus are also in short supply. Shops such as Amazon and Target have stopped selling N95 masks to the public in response to the shortage.
Self-made masks come in different patterns and styles. You should therefore be aware of the various options that are available to you. Some hospitals recommend certain designs over others. We also explain which materials you need to make a mask, where to buy pre-made masks and where to donate additional masks.
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Keep in mind that there is no clear evidence that homemade masks and face coverings can prevent you from acquiring the corona virus at the home .
It is important to remember that homemade and hand-sewn face masks in combination with appropriate social distance should be used on walks and in shops and that thorough hand washing is still available most recommended medical advice for healthy people to avoid acquiring the virus.