How to make a protective mask if you don’t know how to sew. It's ready in minutes!
You can’t find a protective mask in pharmacies or it’s price is hitting you? If you want to protect yourself, a mask to cover the mouth and nose can be made at home. However, a textile mask is not as effective as a surgical one, but it is very useful during this period. If you do not know how to sew, with a scissors, a piece of material and two hair bands you can make a protective mask.
The American Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) has reverted to previous recommendations made in the context of the pandemic and currently believes that wearing simple masks in textiles could slow the spread of coronavirus.
Instructions for making your home a protective mask
The material used should be cut in such a way that it is wide and long enough to cover your nose and mouth
The material should be bent at length.
At each end tie a hair elastic.
Bring the ends tied inwards.
Arrange the mask near the mouth and nose and fasten the elastics behind the ears.
It is important to know:
•Simple surgical masks have a much higher protection than textiles.
• Even if we wear a mask, we must keep at least 3 steps away from the others.
•We disinfect / wash our hands before and after putting on our masks and do not touch them when wearing them.
•After each use, the textile masks must be washed: a washing machine is sufficient.
•Such textile masks are especially useful in places where physical distance is difficult to maintain: queues, small shops or pharmacies, crowded means of transport, etc.
• This recommendation can be used as an additional public health measure.
• The CDC emphasizes that textile masks should not be worn by children under 2 years of age or by persons with respiratory problems.
• The materials from which the textile masks are made do not sufficiently protect the hospital environment.
•The World Health Organization strongly recommends wearing surgical masks or special protective masks in the hospital environment.
The well known football clubs also make money during the pandemic. FC Barcelona decided to sell anti-coronavirus masks and launched 3 models, in three different sizes.
Each of them costs 18 euros and, according to the statements of those in the marketing department of the Catalan group, they are made of ecological cotton. Moreover, they are reusable, because, according to the "data sheet", they do not lose their anti-virus qualities even after 40 washes. To encourage local industry, Catalans ordered masks from workshops in the city.
To advertise them, the people from Barcelona also photographed the technician Quique Setien wearing it at one of the trainings this week, so that the fans know exactly what they are buying. Because they are already on the market and, according to the official website of Messi's team, the masks can be found in five stores, one of which is also in Barcelona airport.
The three existing models are now only the first of a total of nine to appear until the resumption of the Spanish first division, which is scheduled to take place around 12 May.
Although it does not offer you 100% protection, a mask made by you at home is still better than no method of protection. The main advantage is that it can protect others from you.
With the pandemic, the demand for a number of objects increased, including medical masks. The supply was not up to par, which means that most countries face a shortage of such medical products. Thus, in order to protect yourself, those masks that you can make yourself at home are also useful, if you do not have access to the surgical ones.
But you have to take into account a very important thing: both the medical masks that, before the medical crisis, cost little more, and the ones made at home do not protect you from viruses. What they do is reduce the transmission of disease by protecting other people from the carrier.
First, you will need material, this can be a handkerchief, a cut-up T-shirt, or a new dish towel. The suggested size is 18 inches by 18 inches. Next, you will need hair ties, ribbon or cut-up tights or pantyhose – anything that can wrap comfortably behind the ears.
1) Lay the cloth flat on a plane surface.
2) Fold the top to the center of the cloth.
3) Fold the bottom to the center, to meet the top.
4) Flip the cloth over.
5) Fold the top to the center.
6) Fold the bottom to the center.
7) Flip over.
8) Thread the ends of the folded cloth through the ties.
9) Fold the ends of the cloth in to meet in the middle.
10) Flip it over, and you have a face mask that you can reuse and wash.
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In self-isolation mode, many men began to pay less attention to shaving. A unique challenge appeared on Twitter, indicated by the tags #coronabeard and #letsgrowtogether: its participants grow beards while they are in quarantine. Jim Carrey, for example, promised not to shave until he can return from filming again.
But in February, infographics created by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention crawled through news sites. In it, the organization recommends that men shave off their beards and mustaches, otherwise they will not be able to wear a protective mask correctly.
But do not rush to grab a razor and get rid of your beauty. The media, as always, exaggerated a bit. This infographic appeared back in 2017, when they did not even suspect a coronavirus.
In an original article, the CDC advises shaving facial hair only to medical professionals who wear N95 type respiratory masks. Their CDC does not recommend wearing on the street. For those who do not work in a medical facility, an ordinary fabric mask will also work. And it may well be combined with a beard.
If you want to leave facial hair, keep in mind that you should not touch it without washing your hands before doing this. iT is also important to simply wash it thoroughly every day with soap or shampoo.If you feel that the beard constantly encourages you to touch your face - shave it away from sin.
The face shield is very effective. It does not make breathing difficult, and glasses do not fog up. According to scientists from the University of Iowa, the face shield reduces the risk of contracting COVID-19 by 96% if an infected person coughs in your face. And even if you contact the patient for 30 minutes, the shield will protect you by 80%.
For comparison: the effectiveness of disposable medical masks ranges from 60 to 75%. For homemade fabric masks, this number varies depending on the material, from 40 to 90%, and for a respirator reaches 95%.
The face shield does not need to be washed and wait until it dries, it can be disinfected with soap and water or a 70% solution of alcohol, as recommended by use of personal protective equipment for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and considerations regarding the situation of their acute shortage of WHO. And it is reusable, unlike surgical masks. Yes, and it interferes with touching your face.
For optimal protection, the visor should completely cover your chin and forehead, so choose the right size. Ideally, the shield should be worn with the mask. So you cover both your mouth and face skin and eyes.
If you do not know where to buy such a shield, you can make it yourself with a simple instruction.