Just a Thought about the new mask strong recommendation by the CDC.
Why wear a fabric mask?
Like the CDC (Center for Disease Control) I strongly recommend wearing the fabric masks when you HAVE TO GO OUT. The mask does not give you a free pass to go out because it does not stop you from spreading or getting the virus while out. It can decrease the risk of transmission and hopefully will be helpful as we slowly are allowed to return to a new normal. We hope wearing a mask with decrease slightly the percentage of spreading the disease from those who are sick but do not yet have symptoms.
What mask pattern should I use?
First, use the pattern you are capable of making or getting.
Second, if you have more sewing skills I encourage you to make masks that more completely cover the nose, mouth, chin area and are more fitted to the face.That way less germs should be able to get out or in. Also the mask ideally has pockets for you to put some kind of filtering material in (ie.paper towel, vacuum bag or filter pieces, etc.). Obviously you will want to change the filtering material regularly. This is why I am recommending looking at mask patterns that were originally meant to be made for health care workers as they often have more detail that makes them a bit more effective especially if you have the skills to make them.
How do I get materials to make masks now?
There are a few stores still open, however if you have extra flannel sheets, or other cotton items you can cut up and use that works too. Cotton is preferred as it dries quickly. Flannel and quilting cotton are looking to have a bit higher filtration possibility, but ultimately use what you have, and if your mask has a pocket put filtration material there. The recommended fabric should be pre-washed and dried in warm or hot temperatures. If the COVID-19 organism gets on material, once it dries it is much less infectious. Polyester type materials do not dry readily so the virus stays alive longer in them and spreads so it is not recommended.
Once I get fabric masks how do I care for them?
Fabric masks ideally should be washed in warm or hot water and dried in warm to hot drier. Heat helps destroys the virus. I suggest using a bag like you might wash and dry other fragile items in so mask is not destroyed by the machines.
LAST- Just another reminder, masks are not a free pass, with them we hope reduce spread of disease through droplets in the air. This will not help much with droplets on surfaces and the masks do not eliminate air droplet spread completely. STILL, if you must go out wear them! Decreasing risk is better than nothing.
Why do I care if you remain safe at home? Because, I know God is grateful for you and so am I!
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