Cloth Masks and Coverings - What You Need To Know


Just Wear Your Mask!
We’re still in the middle of a pandemic and it has become crucial in many parts of the world to wear masks in public. Regardless if you are sick or not sick, masks help to prevent the spread of certain viruses. For those civilians that are required to wear masks in public, we have complied a list of things you need to know:


Who needs to wear a mask or face covering?
According to the CDC, people who will be going into public or certain areas where physical distancing (staying 6ft apart) will be difficult should wear a mask. This includes going to the grocery store, pharmacies, public trails, workplaces, etc. This doesn’t always apply to children younger than 2 or people who have breathing difficulties. In those specific cases, wearing a face covering may do more harm.


What type of mask should I wear?
When the outbreak first started, many opted to wear medical masks or N95 masks. The CDC now asks that surgical masks or any medical masks of the sort should be reserved for health care professionals. Instead, the greater public should wear cloth masks to limit the lack of FDA approved masks for our essential workers.


Do masks or face coverings really work?
COVID-19 is spread through large water droplets. Wearing a cloth mask can help reduce the distance that water droplets travel from your mouth. Although cloth is not as effective as medical material, they can help to reduce the spread by a greater percent than wearing nothing at all.

Note: Cloth face coverings will not fully protect you from inhaling the virus. They can help you to prevent spreading it to one another. Imagine how far particles of a sneeze or cough go. Keeping a mask on adds that layer of protection that could help trap droplets before they reach someone else.

How do I wear a mask properly?
Always make sure that the mask or face covering completely covers your mouth and nose. It should fit comfortably but snug around your face. Do not allow gaps around the mask. If it doesn’t fit properly, use elastics or string to make it tighter. The more you touch your mask to fix it, the more you increase the ability for the virus to spread to you. 

Note: If you see people wearing masks as chin straps or just over their mouth - do not be afraid to let them know they are wearing it incorrectly.

How can I make my own mask or face covering?
You can make masks out of a variety of materials that you probably have in your homes. Try using a cotton t-shirt or bandana to make a quick mask. Try to make sure there are multiple layers when making them. The more layers, the more protection! But, make sure you can breath! 


Check out our tutorial on how to make your own cloth face mask here.

How do I sanitize my homemade face covering? 
We recommend washing your face covering before you make it and after you use it! You can simply wash it in your washing machine with the hot water setting to sanitize it! Just make sure that the material you use is washing machine friendly and won't shrink.


 

That’s what you need to know!
Make sure to carry a mask with you whenever you go out in public. Some places are now giving out fines if you don’t have your mask to wear in public. You can make as many as you want at home! Wearing a mask or face covering help with the spread! Always make sure to keep up with good hand hygiene as well! Stay safe.

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