4 ways to make a DIY no-sew face mask at home

  • 4 ways to make a DIY no-sew face mask at home

4 ways to make a DIY no-sew face mask at home

In the wake of the U.S. Centre for Disease Control recommending that all Americans start wearing homemade cloth face masks outside due to COVID-19, many Canadian doctors and officials are saying cloth masks are recommended in certain situations, though Canada's top doctor has stopped short of officially calling for facial coverings.

The health officials in the state of California clarified that anyone who wears a covering should be washing it in hot water with laundry detergent after every use or once a day. However, it is important to avoid touching your face when wearing and adjusting a mask. And throw out any masks that no longer cover your nose and mouth, have stretched out or damaged straps, can't stay on your face, or have holes or tears in the fabric.

Bear in mind, ordinary citizens SHOULD NOT aim to use surgical masks or N-95 respirators-those should be left for medical personnel only.

"Many of us may be walking around unaware that we may be carrying coronavirus, and when we cough, sneeze and to a lesser degree, even speak, cloth masks can block infectious droplets and prevent the virus from spreading", said Health Director Bruce Anderson. We've compiled the best videos to help you make a mask at home and slow the spread of this deadly virus. Someone with only one mask can hand wash at night and let it air dry.

They also have three different tutorials on how to make a cloth face mask, ranging from a sewing tutorial to a no-sew method that requires nothing more than a bandana and two hair elastics. "Protection of others is maximized when facemasks are used".

On Monday Dr Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO's health emergencies programme had said there is no specific evidence to suggest that the wearing of masks by the mass population has any potential benefit. "If you go to Taiwan or Singapore, everyone's got a mask on all the time. Healthy or not. Sick or not".

If you're not crafty, US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams found a way to make a makeshift face cover out of a t-shirt. But now more experts are saying there is probably some benefit to covering our faces in public.

Meanwhile, countries like Singapore, Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic have recently encouraged the public to use masks in places such as supermarkets. "In the interest of conserving resources using these cloths or reusable masks are perfectly fine".

Be sure your mask is comfortable; you don't want to have to keep adjusting the mask because that means touching your face.

Wash your hands, or use hand sanitizer, before and after touching your face or face coverings.