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Make face mask yourself: Instructions from household items

The number of coronavirus cases is increasing worldwide. Up to this point in time, more than 6000 cases have been confirmed by laboratory tests in Germany alone. Medical professionals expect a further increase in the next few days. The good news: over 100,000 people worldwide have contracted the virus, half of them are now cured. Over 80% of those infected have no symptoms at all and do not need any therapy. This means that a large part of the population bids antibodies, similar to the flu. In these difficult times in particular, it is important not to panic. It is much better to be careful and prepared and to follow the instructions of the authorities. Two important protective measures are to wash your hands regularly and thoroughly and to wear a face mask. But since the professional breathing masks are required by the medical professionals and are not recommended or not accessible for the population, everyone can make a protective mask out of household items. Here is a guide for one-time protective mask from University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen Hospital. We offer you a further set of instructions for a protective mask made from an old T-shirt with a filter, which you can use several times.

Make a face mask yourself: Why should you wear a respirator?

Make a face mask out of kitchen paper yourself Tips for prevention

But why is a respirator necessary at all? It cannot protect healthy people from the virus. Because most of these masks are soaked through after half an hour and can no longer offer effective protection against Covid-19. The majority of the masks are also made for mouth guards during operations. This means that the masks are designed to prevent the surgeons from contaminating the patient with viruses and bacteria and not to protect the surgeons from pathogens. Mouth and nose protection is very useful for people who are already infected, as they cannot infect other people. Since the coronavirus runs without symptoms in many infected people, the authorities in most countries recommend wearing a face mask. It helps to slow down the spread of the virus.

Wearing a face mask on an airplane offers a real protection mask

The World Health Organization emphasizes that a respirator should not give false safety. It is only part of the overall security measures that each of us must take. This also includes:

  • Wash hands thoroughly 20 times a day
  • Avoid touching the face
  • Disinfect surfaces such as door handles at home
  • Avoid crowds
  • Avoid waiting in line
  • If possible, stay at home
  • Keep a distance of at least 2 meters from other people in the supermarket or pharmacy

Make a face mask yourself: When should you wear a mask?

Making and wearing a face mask yourself really protects your face mask

In which cases is it worth wearing a face mask? For example when you go grocery shopping or when you have to wait in line. If everyone keeps a distance from one another and wear respirators, the risk of infection decreases. A mask also provides protection if you touch dirty surfaces with your hands but do not have disinfectant. Because it prevents you from touching your face with your dirty hands and transmitting viruses to your mouth or nose.

Make a unique face mask yourself: step by step instructions

Make face mask out of kitchen paper yourself Tips and instructions

You can make a unique face mask yourself from household materials. At first glance, such a homemade mask may look weird, but it works, and only that matters. For a one-off mask made of kitchen paper you need the following materials:

  • 2 sheets of kitchen paper
  • 1 handkerchief
  • 1.3 meter elastic band, flat
  • Floral wire
  • duct tape
  • Perforator
  • scissors

Make your own breathing mask Step by step instructions

How to make the mask:

  1. Lay the two sheets of kitchen paper on top of each other
  2. Place the handkerchief over the paper towel, then cut it in half. There should be two rectangles.
  3. Use the tape to glue the short sides of the rectangles in place
  4. Poke two holes on the short sides
  5. Cut the floral wire to size and glue the piece to one long side of the rectangle. The floral wire gives the mask its semicircular shape and enables it to be fixed in the nasal area.
  6. Cut the elastic into eight pieces, thread the two ends of four pieces through the left hole, and tie the ends together. Now pull the two ends of the remaining four pieces through the right hole and knot their ends too.

Make a face mask yourself for repeated use: Instructions

Mouthguard mask made of fabric sewing instructions

You can also sew a mouthguard mask to use several times. This mask has the advantage that you can wash it at 40 degrees and then iron it. Washing at 40 degrees will not kill the viruses. But when ironing, a temperature of over 170 degrees Celsius is reached, which can kill viruses and bacteria. There are currently no studies as to whether ironing can really kill the coronavirus.

  • An old t-shirt
  • Pack of wet wipes
  • Elastic band, flat
  • Sewing thread
  • needle
  • scissors

Sewing mask made of fabric yourself Instructions

Cut out two rectangles from the old t-shirt. Let 2-3 wet wipes dry out completely at room temperature. They work well as filters. Then lay out the first square on the table, place the dry wet wipes over them and cover them with the second square. Make four or five folds towards the bottom edge of the fabric. Then quilt the five folds. This way the mask will adapt better to your face. Then sew all three layers together – the top layer of fabric with pleats, the middle layer of wet wipes, and the bottom layer of fabric. Then attach the elastic band.

Sewing a respirator mask out of cloth and wet wipes in the event of a coronavirus pandemic

You can protect yourself against coronavirus by following the guidelines of the authorities. But you can also help to protect others from Covid-19 by sewing a face mask yourself. In case you get infected with the virus and don’t develop symptoms, the mask will protect those around you. But it could also prove helpful under certain circumstances for healthy people. Especially for those who touch their face several times a day. The mask will prevent you from transferring any viruses from your hands to your mouth and nose.