How to make your own face mask
The Government’s new guidance suggests wearing face coverings in enclosed spaces such as shops or public transport where social distancing may not be possible.
The advice reads: “The evidence suggests that wearing a face covering does not protect you, but it may protect others if you are infected but have not developed symptoms.
“If you have symptoms of Covid-19 (cough and/or high temperature) you and your household should isolate at home: wearing a face covering does not change this.”
It adds that the recommended face coverings are not the same as the surgical masks used by healthcare staff and other workers.
“Face coverings should not be used by children under the age of two or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly, for example primary school age children unassisted, or those with respiratory conditions,” the guidance continues.
“It is important to use face coverings properly and wash your hands before putting them on and taking them off.”
Though medical-grade PPE is in short supply, the good news is it’s very easy to make your own face mask that is suitable for shopping and other instances where you are leaving the home.
Here’s a round up of some of the best tutorials – there are options for with or without a sewing machine, as well as two no-sew options, too.
No-sew DIY face mask
How to sew a simple medical face mask
Sew a simple face mask by hand (no sewing machine)
Sew a fitted face mask with filter pocket
Make a hospital-style surgical mask
Simple no-sew bandana face mask
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