EASY DIY Face Mask, Protect Yourself from Coronavirus!

Medical masks sold out !! Can’t find a face mask? According to store websites, protective face masks are currently sold out or have limited stock at Walmart, Walgreens and CVS in Staunton; Walmart, Target, Walgreens, CVS and Home Depot in Waynesboro; and at other stores throughout the area. In the past weeks, lab tests were conducted on the efficacy of surgical mask after washing and sterilizing, and another test on the safety and effectiveness was also conducted on do-it-yourself (DIY) face mask which serves as a timely alternative for the public to alleviate the acute shortage of face masks.

You will need:

Neoprene fabric
Needle and thread

Neoprene fabric
#1 Immense physical toughness. This is perhaps one of the greatest advantages to using neoprene. Its outstanding physical toughness makes it an excellent all-purpose rubber. Its physical and chemical properties make it heat, chemical, oil and ozone resistant, especially when compared to regular rubber.

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Testing DIY Masks

Scientists from the University of Cambridge asked this exact question in the aftermath of the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic. They thought that in a global pandemic scenario, we might run out of N95 masks. Their predictions have come true during the coronavirus outbreak.

The researchers asked volunteers to make their own masks using cotton t-shirts and a sewing machine, using a simple protocol they’d devised. Next, they performed a fit test to test how well they could capture particles down to 0.02 microns. They compared the DIY masks against surgical masks.

Homemade mask effectiveness compared to surgical masks
  • FFP2 Mask (N95) 98.9% 98.9%
  • Surgical masks 80% 80%
  • Homemade DIY masks 60% 60%
  • Nothing 0% 0%

The homemade cotton masks captured 50% of 0.02-1 micron particles, compared with 80% for the surgical mask. Although the surgical masks captured 30% more particles, the cotton masks did surprisingly well. The researchers concluded that homemade masks would be better than nothing.

How Long Can You Wear DIY Masks for?

Next, they tested the DIY masks’ effectiveness after people had worn them for 3 hours. The results showed that moisture and time had very little impact on effectiveness for any of the masks.

Handle the face mask carefully, wash it thoroughly every day. Do not touch the contaminated side of the face mask, wash your hand if you accidentally touch it.

Always keep good hygiene by washing your hands thoroughly with soap, don’t forget the fingernails and up till the elbows.

Wear safety goggles if needed and avoid rubbing your face, eye, and nose at any cost.

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