As the world starts to understand the mechanism  of Coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission recently, new information has come to light. Researchers and epidemiologist have largely concluded that’s it spread is mainly through  respiratory droplets of someone who is infected.However, it has recently been made known that people who have been asymptomatic, meaning they are infected by the virus but show no symptoms, may still potentially transmit the virus to others. This new information has made health authorities from the around the world change the way they fight the pandemic thereby, encouraging people to start wearing home-made face masks especially in public spaces in order to protect themselves and  others.

General Recommendations:

Where should one wear a face mask?

It is recommended by health authorities to wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

How often should one wash their face mask?

Washing of a face mask depends on frequency of use.

How should one wash my face mask?

Washing the face mask in a washing machine with hot water and detergent is sufficient. 

How Does one put on and remove a face mask ?

 The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the following:

  • Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
  • Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks.
  • To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

Brazil’s Anvisa recommendations:

Anvisa Brazil’s regulatory health authority recommends that people use 100% cotton or cotton fabrics are recommended . “Non-woven fabric” (TNT), made of synthetic material, can also be used, as long as the manufacturer guarantees that the product does not cause allergies and is suitable for human use. 

Anvisa warns to avoid materials that may irritate the skin, such as pure polyester and other synthetic fabrics.

USA Center of Disease Control (CDC) Recommendations:

Cloth face coverings should;

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

How to make a home made face mask?

No sewing method 1 :

No Sewing Method 2:

Other DIY Methods:

Making face masks at home that can be used to protect you and your family is not limited to the the methods mentioned above. Citizens around the world have taken the initiative to help each other out. For example sites like happydiyhome.com show up to different 5 ways to make a DIY masks with pictures and instructions that are easy to follow. 

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