Let us be clear about this: cloth masks can NOT prevent COVID-19 particles from entering . But on the other hand, they can prevent people carrying the virus, symptomatic or asymptomatic (as it is the case for a good proportion of people), from spreading it. It is therefore not a gesture we take to protect ourselves, but rather to protect others . In turn, if enough people start doing it, you too will be protected.
Medical masks should ABSOLUTELY be reserved for essential workers at this time, which leaves people free to make homemade masks. And it takes a little time and knowledge of sewing, but it’s very possible to do it.
What You Need To Know Before Making a Mask
Before you start, consult this little guide to ensure the effectiveness of your handmade mask. Here are also some important points to take into account during your DIY:
- The mask can be made with different fabrics that you have at home, but it is necessary that the “weaving” of these is as tight as possible. If you place the fabric in front of a light source and see through it, it is not tight enough.
- Also to avoid: very thick fabric, simply because it is difficult to sew! I had a nice piece of satin with very tight stitches at home, so I thought it was perfect, but finally I broke a needle on it! The seamstresses prefer cotton and light flannel.
- The mask must be made of several thicknesses: at least 2, but 3 is even better.
- The mask must completely cover the mouth and nose and it must fit well on the face without any opening. However, it should not make breathing difficult.
- The mask should be held in place around the ears (not around the head). The best thing is to take an elastic band for the ties but if you don’t have one, there are other solutions that people find at home: hair ties, elastic headbands, ties of bra you no longer wear, somewhat elastic laces, ribbons with a little elasticity in it, etc.