At the start of this pandemic (Covid-19), I laughed when I saw people wearing cloth facemask. Facemask isn’t that expensive, I muttered. But I doubt you’ll find one, even the empty carton in any store around the world at the moment. Sadly, many have resulted in washing their disposable facemask, and that is worse, worst than not using a facemask.
And there seems to be no other alternative at the moment for millions, or billions of people around the world who are not financially boxed up enough to order for more online. Just like hand sanitizers, the good news is, you can make a facemask from the corner of your room, and stay protected.
But how safe are facemasks made at home? Should you use them? And how should you handle your homemade facemask? These are some of the questions we will be paying attention to in this article.
Cloth Facemask is it safe?
The main reason why you are advised to make use of facemask is to prevent droplets from an infected carrier of the virus either through sneezing, when talking, or coughing from getting into your nose, or mouth, and making their way into the lungs.
The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) around the world has advised that making use of a simple cloth for covering the face can significantly reduce the spread of covid-19 when in public places. You can’t tell who is infected, so while not touching surfaces, you can still be infected by speaking with an infected person.
Trust me, a handkerchief wide enough to cover the nose and mouth will work just perfectly as the facemask does. Maybe a little bit perfectly. Getting a clean and uninfected cloth and covering your mouth and nose with it or designing it in the form of a facemask is the best thing you can do now that plan A is busted.
But how safe the mask will be solely depending on how you use the mask, care, and handle the mask. You can easily contaminate the mask and make it unhealthy for use.
Tips to wear the cloth facemask correctly
If you design it in the shape of the popular facemask, here are some things you should pay attention to:
- Ensure it fits snugly, but comfortably against the side of your face.
- Ensure you always fasten the straps to your ear loops, or tie them to the back of your face.
- Make use of multiple layers of fabrics for more protection.
- Ensure it allows you to breathe without having to touch the mask.
- Wash after using.
How to care for the cloth facemask
Caring for the cloth facemask is very easy. One thing you must regularly do is to wash the facemask immediately you use it, or when you come back from public places. Sundry the mask, or dry the mask with a very hot iron. The temperature will help get rid of any virus hanging on the mask.
Don’t use it twice without washing, especially when you touch the facemask. Immediately you touch, ensure you wash to prevent yourself from getting infected. You can also sterilize the facemask with or wash in a washing machine if you don’t want to wash by hand.
Please ensure that you do not allow kids below the age of 2 to make use of facemask to prevent suffocation and death. It should be used by adults and older kids alone.
How to remove the facemask
When removing the facemask, unless you’ve washed your hands, ensure the hand does not touch your face. So, it is advisable to wash your hands thoroughly before removing the facemask and rewash it after removing the mask.
So, don’t be scared when you see people wearing cloth facemask, in fact, the best thing you can do is to ask them how you can get yours. Good enough, you can use it repeatedly, making it more economical and safer for those with little means. Soon, we will provide a detailed tutorial on how you can design your homemade facemask.
How to make your homemade Facemask
Now you are interested in making your homemade face mask. But how do you go about it? Follow the procedures highlighted in the following blog post by Happy DIY Home to produce your homemade Face Mask easily.