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How to Make Face Masks for Yourself From Home

The coronavirus is a highly infectious disease, but there are several effective ways to protect yourself. In addition to ensuring a physical distance between you and other people, as well as washing your hands with 20-30 seconds, wearing a face mask can protect you from getting infected and protect other people from getting infected by you, in case you are already sick and don’t know it.

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A face mask is an essential item when you are taking care of someone with the coronavirus or if you were infected and are currently staying at home where other people live. Unfortunately, there is a noticeable shortage of masks in Nigeria. Here are some of the easiest ways to make a face mask at home.

Sewn Face Cover

Materials:

  • Two 6” pieces of elastic (or rubber bands, string, cloth strips, or hair ties)
  • Needle and thread (or bobby pin)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

1. Cut out two 10-by-6-inch rectangles of cotton fabric. Use tightly woven cotton, such as quilting fabric or cotton sheets. T-shirt fabric will work in a pinch. Stack the two rectangles; you will sew the mask as if it was a single piece of fabric.

2. Fold over the long sides 1/4 inch and hem. Then fold the double layer of fabric over 1/2 inch along the short sides and stitch down.

3. Run a 6-inch length of 1/8-inch wide elastic through the wider hem on each side of the mask. These will be the ear loops. Use a large needle or a bobby pin to thread it through. Tie the ends tight. Don’t have elastic? Use hair ties or elastic head bands. If you only have string, you can make the ties longer and tie the mask behind your head.

4. Gently pull on the elastic so that the knots are tucked inside the hem. Gather the sides of the mask on the elastic and adjust so the mask fits your face. Then securely stitch the elastic in place to keep it from slipping.

Should cloth face coverings be washed or otherwise cleaned regularly? How regularly?

Yes. They should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.

How does one safely sterilize/clean a cloth face cover?

A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering.

How does one safely remove a used face cover?

Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.

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