One month into South Africa’s lockdown. The lockdown was announced to be for 21 days and unfortunately, it was extended for two more weeks .
Today is officially day 31/35 and I learned how to make my own reusable mask. My mom resorted to making cloth face masks after a visit to the local pharmacy which was our last hope to finding masks unfortunately, they were sold out and instead of doing the runaround local stores searching for masks, she resorted to making masks for the family.
What mama used:
Paper to cut out the pattern
Using a cloth face covering when you’re around others can help block large particles that you might eject through a cough, sneeze or unintentionally launched saliva (e.g., through speaking), which could slow the spread of transmission to others if you don’t know you’re sick.
To cover nose and mouth when we leave the house to buy essentials.
covering your face when you leave the house is a “voluntary public health measure” and must not replace proven precautions like self-quarantine at home, social distancing and thoroughly washing your hands.
Homemade masks and coverings made from cloth fabric are machine-washable.
Each mask has three layers of cut out cloth
Sew the fabric neatly at the end around the edges and leave a small space
Turn the fabric inside out through the small space.
Now all your threading is turned to the inside of your mask
Cut the bottom of your t-shirt that thick overlocked cloth and use as the part that goes on to your ears.
Make sure that the overlocked fabric part is short enough s that it is tight around the ears
Sew-in the cut-off fabric on the sides of the nose and mask cloth
Viola, there you have it your own homemade facemask!
How to wear and care for a fabric face mask
Regularly wash your mask. Ideally, wash it between each use in hot water with regular detergent. Then dry the face mask on a high-heat setting. Having more than one mask will minimize daily laundry.
Make sure the mask covers your nose and mouth. Measure the mask on your face before you cut it out.
Keep the mask on at all times when out in public. Don’t remove the mask or lift it up to talk to someone or adjust the fit.
Avoid touching the mask once you have it on your face. If you need to touch it, make sure your hands are clean by washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizer.
A face mask does not replace physical distancing. You still need to maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and other people.
Please don’t forget to wear your masks every time you go out. A face mask isn’t intended to protect you, the wearer. Instead, the purpose of wearing a face covering is to protect the people around you. Taking appropriate steps to slow the spread of the new coronavirus is something we can all do.
Wearing a fabric face mask when out in public is one way you can help slow the spread of this virus.