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DIY Face Mask Guide Digital Download

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Currently, the supply of surgical masks is at a critical all-time low throughout the entire nation.

Orders for the standard disposable masks used in hospitals are back-ordered, due to the high demand for protective equipment.

According to the CDC, fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies have been exhausted. The CDC  recommends wearing 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. Read more here>>

Let's all do our part to flatten the curve, stay home save lives.

You will need:

  • tightly-woven premium quilting cotton fabric
  • sewing machine
  • 1/4” elastic band
  • pins
  • scissors

Culture context: before the coronavirus outbreak, masks were a common sight across East Asia—worn for a variety of reasons. It’s common for people who are ill and want to protect the people around them to wear masks. Others wear masks during cold and flu season to protect themselves. Read more>

An Important Distinction

Homemade face masks are not as effective as the N95 filtration mask recommended by the CDC, and are not a substitute for proper PPE.

Rather, they are meant to respond to the hospitals’ requests for emergency backup masks.

Sources for further reading: Cambridge StudyNatureOcc. Env MedAnnals Occ Hygiene)

Strongly caution you before you spend time sewing these masks:

  1. Follow the CDC guidelines as the situation develops.
  2. Contact your local hospital and clinic to ensure that they are accepting masks, and that any masks you make will meet their individual guidelines.
  3. Check GetUsPPE.org for info

Illustrated DIY Face Mask Guide is adapted from Deaconess Hospital + Inspired by The Ruby members Jenny Lemons and Debbie Bain.

Also check out our video How to Fold a Bandana Into a Facemask here>>