It is unclear how effective masks are for the general public to wear around as far as protection, but because they are generally unavailable we thought we would share this DIY video. This one is made out of only 2 paper towels and 2 rubber bands. No sewing machine required. Good luck!
Here is what the WHO has to say about masks.
- If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with suspected 2019-nCoV infection.
- Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
- Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- If you wear a mask, then you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly.
WHO instructions on how to properly wear and dispose of a mask.
Chek the WHO website for more info.
Or if you would like to help out medical personnel check out this site for how to sew a CDC compliant face mask.
This is happening in Indiana:
Citing shortages, Deaconess Health System, including Henderson’s Methodist Health, has asked the public to sew face masks for staff fighting coronavirus.
“This does follow CDC protocols that you can find on their website that if all other supplies are not available, that handmade masks that meet certain criteria are acceptable,” Deaconess spokeswoman Becca Scott said.