Right now, there is a massive shortage of N95 face masks due to the global pandemic caused by the coronavirus outbreak. All the mask supplies are prioritized and reserved for those that need them the most – our healthcare workers, the chronically ill, the sick, the infected and the elderly.
So, if you have trouble finding masks, you are not alone. That’s precisely why it is time for us to finally take matters into our own hands and let our imagination work its magic.
Below is a video of a woman explaining the process of making your own, no-sew mask with materials that you have at home. If you are interested in learning how to do that, keep scrolling and carefully follow the steps.
However, it is our responsibility to also remind you that you shouldn’t get too comfortable with a homemade mask. According to The Center for Disease Control (CDC), wearing a homemade mask should be a last resort and should be used sparingly. This means that staying home should be your primary line of defense.
“In areas where face masks are not available, HCP (healthcare professionals) might use homemade masks (e.g., bandana, scarf) for the care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, homemade masks are not considered PPE, since their capability to protect HCP is unknown. Caution should be exercised when considering this option. Homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face.”
So, now that you know, make sure that you put your knowledge to use. Also, if you found this article helpful, don’t forget to share it with your friends and family and spread awareness about wearing masks and staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic.