COVID-19: All you need to know about masks and how to make them
We don't recommend breaking the bank for designer masks as these DIY styles are just as effective.
Masks are a hot trend globally and have been long before the threat of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 strengthened its roots.
From the runway to roadways, masks have been injected into style ensembles - unfortunately by way of disease pandemics - from as far back as the 1918 Spanish Flu.
Immediately following news of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have either made their own or purchased masks to flatten the curve in their own way.
However, initially, masks were not thought of as effective and many medical professionals cautioned against wearing them.
But, on Friday, in an official press briefing led by the Government of Jamaica (GOJ), the Chief Medical Officer Dr Jacquiline Bisasor-Mckenzie advised that face masks may help curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.
Here are two simple DIY tutorials
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With some reports showing that the spread of the Coronavirus has been significantly lower in countries where wearing masks has become customary, integrating masks into our prevention activities – along with all other hygiene and social distancing measures that are now a part of our new normal – is the way forward.
Though several germaphobes believe “by the time I’m done touching and sewing my mask I might as well throw it out”, others believe these measures are justifiable and, in the long run, quite effective.
Now, we don’t recommend breaking the bank for high-fashion masks like these embellished types from The Blonds...
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Rather, we want to ensure you're following best practices and advise you where necessary. Check out these inexpensive DIY options...
A study of homemade face masks by SmartAirFilters.com found that cotton T-shirts and cotton pillowcases are the best at-home materials for making DIY face masks, based on their ability to capture particles yet remain breathable and that they perform comparably to surgical-grade masks.
While the World Health Organisation reminds us that masks are only effective when they’re used in combination with frequent and proper hand-washing. If you do wear a mask, it is important to know how to use it and dispose of it properly.
Here are some tips on how to put on, use, take off, and dispose of a mask...
- Before putting on a mask, clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser
- Cover your mouth and nose and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask
- Avoid touching the mask while using it – if you do, clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser
- Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks
- To remove the mask, remove it from behind (do not touch the front of the mask); discard of it immediately in a closed bin; clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser
NBC News contributor Dr Joseph Fair, a virologist, recommends using "anything you can tie around your face, not face masks medical professionals use. He says “there should be a nationwide mandate” to wear facial coverings.
But, to be safe than sorry, the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that we avoid official personal protective equipment such as surgical masks or N-95 respirators and opt for "cloth face coverings".
"Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders”.
The CDC also recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (eg, grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
Here are some Jamaicans keeping themselves and others safe while doing so trendily...
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It is important now more than ever to stay abreast of updates and press briefings because of the nature of the disease; the ministry will continue to roll out advice as necessary to inform the public of the advances and/or new developments.