The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its prevention protocol regarding the spread of COVID-19 to recommend the public start wearing cloth face masks in situations where social distancing is hard, like in grocery stores or pharmacies, and areas that have high numbers of community-based transmission of the virus.
While home-made cloth masks are being recommended for public protection, regular supplies of medical-grade masks, including surgical and N95 masks, are critical for healthcare workers who are exposed to high concentrations of the virus at the frontline.
In addition, the Howard County Governmenthas extended the reduction of County Government operations to core functions until further notice. A Zero Waste Culture focuses on repurposing fabrics which they convert into their own facemask creations, thereby filling an urgent need, with materials at hand and minimal waste.
You'll need a bandana or square cloth that measures about 60-by-60 centimeters (20-by-20 inches), a coffee filter, rubber bands or hair ties, and scissors. "If my glasses fog up, I just take off my glasses and walk around half blind".
First, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and sanitize the surface where you'll be placing the bandana.
It's important to remember that while homemade cloth masks are strongly recommended if you must go outside on essential business or for socially-distanced exercise, they shouldn't give people a sense of false security.
For those who live in more residential or rural areas, and can stay within six feet from others, Tulenko said no mask is necessary.
Social distancing and frequent hand washing remain the best ways to prevent viruses spreading between you and other people. Instead, take off one elastic band at a time.
Cloth face masks are slowly making their way into the market, but if you don't want to wait to buy one, you can make one by yourself. A mask that tightly encloses that area from the bridge of the hose down to the chin and extending onto the cheeks beyond the corners of your mouth, so that no gaps occur when talking or moving, is best.
Face masks can become contaminated on the outside, or when touched by your hands. Secure with ties or ear loops. "Face coverings are a new, voluntary opportunity for a unified national effort: I'm wearing one to protect you, and you're wearing one to protect me".
She also said an extension of her "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order is likely to be issued by the end of this week. You should not do this while in public, nor should you touch the front of the mask. More so, cleaning and disposing the masks inappropriately defeats the whole objective.
Upon returning home from an errand, the mask should be discarded or thrown in the clothes washer and cleaned before being used again.
Make masks from materials that will hold up to daily washing and drying.
Also demonstrated in the video above, you can fold a tissue into a thick rectangle and attach it to the inside of your mask, where it lies atop the bridge of your nose.