Learn how to make a mask from household items
COMPILED BY DANICA SMITHWICK
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines in early April regarding the use of face coverings and masks to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Harris County is asking all residents to wear face coverings, such as masks, scarves or bandanas, in public until May 26. Ocials recommended individuals wear cloth face coverings when in public even when they are not exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus. Facing the facts
WHY SHOULD I WEAR A MASK? Many coronavirus cases lack symptoms or develop symptoms later on in the diagnosis, so individuals might not know they have or are transmitting the disease. The virus can spread during interactions such as speaking, coughing or sneezing.
• Cover your mouth and nose in public even if you are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or interacting with someone who is experiencing symptoms. • Wash masks in hot water before the rst use and between uses. • Wear a mask when in public places such as grocery stores, at medical appointments and accessing other essential services. • Replace masks when they get damp.
• Use surgical masks or N-95 respirators, as these critical supplies should be reserved for health care professionals. • Ignore calls for social distancing of 6 feet between persons. • Forget to wash hands frequently as well as before putting on a mask. • Reuse single-use masks.
HOW TO MAKE A MASK AT HOME Cloth face coverings can be crafted from household items such as fabric, scarves, bandanas, hand towels, T-shirts and rubber bands or hair ties.
STEP 4: Fold fabric to the middle from both sides and tuck the sides in.
STEP 5: Attach each rubber band to either ear, ensuring the mouth and nose are completely covered.
STEP 3: Place a rubber band on each side of the fabric.
STEP 2: Fold fabric to the middle from the top and bottom.
STEP 1: Fold fabric to the middle from the bottom.
6 inches apart
SOURCES: CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION, HARRIS COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTHCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
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