On April 3rd, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended “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 transmissions.”Get more facts on cloth face coverings from the CDC. Due to this recommendation and inspiration by our community “sewists” who have stepped up to create & innovate, we invite you to join and build our mask production network. We are initially creating our network and building capacity. Read about our initiative here. A few pertinent items about face masking in light of COVID-19:

Key points to remember from the CDC:

      • Using a face mask does not mean it is okay to relax physical distancing measures. Maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus.
      • Wearing masks can help prevent transmission from infected people—who may not even be aware that they are sick—to others, which provides additional protection when combined with good hand hygiene and physical distancing.”
      • “Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.”
      • “The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.”
      • Make sure to use dry face masks. When masks get wet…the fabric could be more like to transmit virus.
      • Wash face masks regularly, with regular detergent and in regular washing machine cycles. 

Varying methods to cover your nose and mouth:

A recent study determined ‘the best masks were constructed of two layers of heavyweight “quilters cotton” with a thread count of at least 180, and had thicker and tighter weave.”

There are a TON of video tutorials to peruse, two favorites:

 

Infographic from the World Health Organization

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