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New Recommendations for DIY Cloth Masks & What You Can Use

Posted On: 04-10-2020
New Recommendations for DIY Cloth Masks & What You Can Use
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently adjusted its previous recommendation and began advising Americans to wear face coverings in public to help slow down the spread of COVID-19. This recommendation comes at a time when surgical masks and other personal protection equipment (PPE) are in short supply for medical workers.

So how can you best cover your face when in public, without using valuable resources that are needed by healthcare workers? The U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, has pointed out ways to improvise your own face mask.

It’s important to note that choosing the right materials and fit will determine how well your DIY mask works. If you are infected with COVID-19 but have no symptoms, you could unknowingly spread the virus to others. Wearing a mask, even if it is not medical-grade, can help to prevent this.

Some suggested materials include:

  • Flannel pajamas
  • Pillowcases (600-thread count)
  • Thick cotton shirts
  • Quilter’s cotton

If you are unsure whether a material will work, perform a “light test.” If you hold the fabric up to the light and can see the light through it, look for something thicker and denser that will filter better while you’re wearing it. Finally, be sure that you can still breathe comfortably while wearing the mask.
It is still important to practice social distancing and to stay six feet away from others, even if you are wearing a mask, according to the CDC.

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