You've done your best to follow social distancing recommendations. You stick to the six feet rule between you and other people outside of your household. But now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending we all wear face masks when out in public, it's been a bit of a scramble to get on board.
Maybe you're lucky and you have someone in your family who's made you a mask. Or perhaps you got one from your neighbor down the street. Regardless there are some important things to know about the right way to make a mask to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
While everyone and their mother out there are touting the best ways to make a mask, I always go to the best source to get my information. And that source is the CDC. Fortunately they've provided guidelines for how to do it yourself in case no one in your immediate vicinity has that capability or the mask you received doesn't meet the following specifications.
Your Mask Must:
- Fit snugly and comfortably against the side of your face
- Be secured with ties or ear loops
- Be made with multiple layers of cotton fabric (tea towels or hand towels you have in your kitchen work well)
- Allow for unrestricted breathing
- Be able to be washed in the laundry and dried without damage or change to the shape (a shape change could affect how securely it fits to your face)
Warnings: Face masks should never been put on a child under age 2, anyone who already has problems breathing, is unconscious or would not be able to remove the mask without assistance.