DIY | How to Make A Face Mask

Women sewing protective mask, Quebec, Canada

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus. To slow the spread of the illness, it is critical to limit trips to public places, maintain 6-feet of social distance and wash your hands frequently. In light of new evidence showing that the virus can be transmitted by people who have no symptoms, the CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).

Here are a couple of ways you can make your own face mask.

  • Check out this video of Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams showing how you can make your own face covering in a few easy steps using a t-shirt and rubber bands.
  • The CDC offers DIY step-by-step instructions for how to make your own face mask from common household materials. 

Tips for wearing a face mask.

  • Make sure it fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face.
  • Make sure the mask is secured with ties or ear loops.
  • Be sure to include multiple layers of fabric.
  • Make sure to allow for breathing without restriction.
  • Make the mask so it can be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.

Reminder: Medical-grade masks, which are in short supply, should be used by health care workers on the front line.