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Posted on April 21, 2020

Luxor Nursing and Rehab at Mills Pond on CDC Guidance for Cloth Face Masks

As we venture out for essential things like groceries and doctor visits during the coronavirus crisis, and even when things start to get back to normal and we venture out more and more, many will want the added protection of a face covering. While not 100-percent effective against germs, a cloth face mask will offer more protection for you and help protect others in case you are sick and don’t realize it.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that surgical and N95 respiratory masks should be used by those who require them in the medical community, so citizens should be crafting their own face masks out of household items.

Luxor Nursing and Rehab at Mills Pond would like to go over the CDC’s guidance for do-it-yourself face coverings.

No-Sew? No Problem

You don’t have to be an expert with needle and thread in order to make your own face mask. You can either cut out a face covering and strings from a cotton T-shirt, or use a bandana and two rubber bands or hair ties.

The CDC website has step-by-step, illustrated instructions on how to craft your face mask from either of these materials.

Take Advantage of Sewing Skills

If you do know your way around a sewing machine, the CDC also walks you through making masks by sewing materials together.

 What Are the Requirements? 

The CDC says the mask should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, be secured with ties or ear loops, include multiple layers of fabric, allow for breathing without restriction, and be able to be washed and dried without being damaged or shrinking in the wash.

How Often Should Masks Be Washed?

Face coverings should be washed each time you return from a trip to a public place. The CDC states that a washing machine will safely sterilize the mask. Just be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth while removing the mask, and be sure to wash your hands as soon as you remove it. 

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