The fight against the coronavirus is global. But the guidelines on whether you should wear a face mask in this fight are often completely different from place to place. This means that for many people, whether you wear a face mask when you leave the house is up to you. If you have Covid-19 and are leaving the house, you should wear a mask. Masks help prevent sick people from spreading their germs. Most of the uncertainty surrounding mask use is related to a completely separate question: should healthy people also wear masks to protect themselves from infection?
Face masks cannot guarantee that people won’t get ill but health care advisers say that face masks protect you from all the dust, pollution, viruses, germs, and other bacteria. Masks must be worn correctly to provide protection, and are most effective when combined with other preventive measures such as hand washing and social distancing. Everyone should continue to wash their hands frequently and maintain social distancing practices, along with the use of face masks in public spaces. Here is a basic guide to creating your own face masks.
- 2 pieces of fabric cotton that approximately 10 inches by 7 inches, you can use any fabric like Cotton tea towels, T-shirts, and make sure all staff is washable.
- 2 pieces of mask strap or elastic, you can wear something like rubber bands or elastic bands, ropes, cloth bands or hair bands.
- A ruler, sewing pins, a sewing machine, scissors, thread
Cut two rectangles of 7-by-10-inch cotton fabric. Stack the two rectangles; you sew the mask as if it were a single piece of cloth. Fold the long sides ¼ inch and sew the two main pieces of the rectangle. Sew everything around the fabric rectangles, just leaving a little space of a few inches open on the long side. Thread a 7-inch length of 1/8 inch wide elastic through the widest hem on each side of the mask. These will be the earrings. Use a large needle or hairpin to pass it. Gather the sides of the mask into the elastic and adjust it so that the mask fits your face. Then sew this to prevent it from slipping.
How homemade masks can help
Homemade DIY face masks tutorials were available on the internet before the coronavirus. All of them are able to stop large particles like air pollution, dust, germs, and viruses. Homemade Masks may not be able to block all the smallest particles or germs, but there are lots of benefits to using a homemade mask. It can block large particles expelled by sneezing and coughing. It helps protect others from sneezing and coughing if you have contracted the virus but is otherwise asymptomatic and in public. It encourages more attentive behavior, particularly by avoiding touching your face, nose, mouth, and eyes.
Wear and take care of your mask
Do not use it at home or take it in the car, unless you are with people outside your usual family group. Don’t use it more than necessary; just use it when you’re in a public place, like a supermarket, malls, hospitals, where it could be less than 6 feet from people. Using a face mask is essential when peoples are in parks or on a food street. Do not remove the mask until you are at home or in a place where you can wash your hands and avoid being 6 feet away from others. When removing the mask, avoid touching the front in case you have breathed in infected droplets that may now be there.
Remove and discard the paper towel. Put the rest of the mask in soapy water; soak it for two minutes, then wash and rinse. Any kind of detergent, soap, dish soap, and hand soap will do. Then wash your hands and disinfect anything you touch with bleach or alcohol after removing the mask. Never reuse a homemade DIY mask without washing it. The next time you use the mask, be sure to replace the paper towel. If you have symptoms (nasal congestion, cough, fever), stay inside.
Homemade fabric cover
The experts suggest using fabric face mask or face covers in public places, where other places like supermarkets and pharmacies social distancing measures are hard to keep so you souls wearing a face mask. The experts also suggest the use of affordable or comfortable fabric face covering or face mask to decrease the spread of the virus and to help people who may or may not have the coronavirus pass it on to others. Affordable cloth face covers made from household products or made from ordinary materials can be used for the face masks. Cloth face covers should not be placed on children younger than 2 years of age, people who are having difficulty breathing, or who are unconscious, unable, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.