Even if you are well, it has been suggested that all Americans don a face mask when out in public, and cloth masks are a good option considerings medical workers need all the N95 masks they can get.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended all citizens wear homemade cloth masks to cut down on the transmission of the CCP Virus. “It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others,” states the CDC website.
“Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure,” says the statement from CDC.
“The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for health care workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance,” said CDC.
Some homemade cloth masks may be more effective than others, depending on how tightly-woven the fabric is, and whether it’s a good, tight fit.
While the homemade masks won’t provide as much protection as an N95 particle mask, they are quick and easy to make and are being used by some hospital health workers in the United States where supplies are low. With all the time we now have on our hands, it’s a great way to help others—make extra to hand out in your community.
Here is a quick tutorial, there are dozens more on the internet for those who are more experienced with a needle and thread or sewing machine.
“Because of some recent information that the virus can actually be spread even when people just speak as opposed to coughing and sneezing—the better part of valor is that when you’re out when you can’t maintain that 6-foot distance, to wear some sort of facial covering,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said while appearing on “Fox & Friends” on Friday, April 3.