DIY Anti-Covid 19 Face Mask

As of the 3rd of April 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone wear a cloth face mask when leaving home. Cloth face masks are essential in protecting yourself and people around you.

Covid-19 spreads through droplets from coughing, talking, or sneezing. Covid-19 carriers can be symptomatic (fever, colds &  flu) and asymptomatic so it's the safest bet to keep a face mask on at all times in addition to maintaining a 6-foot distance in social areas.

The CDC recommends the use of cloth face masks above all the other kinds. N95 masks and surgical masks should be reserved for healthcare workers. Below is an instructional guideline on creating a quick and easy and no-sew face mask:

Sewn Face Mask:
- an old t-shirt, linens or any cotton cloth
- rubber bands, hair ties or garters
- scissors

The face mask must:

- let you breathe comfortably
- completely cover your nose and mouth 

- tightly but comfortably fit against your face
- includes more than one layer of fabric

Avoid towels and stretchable fabrics as they may not wrap your face snugly. A layer of cotton with 2 layers of natural silk or chiffon is what the American Chemical Society has determined as the most effective fabric to use as face masks. The combination of mechanical and electrostatic filtration of hybrid fabrics provide a more effective filter against droplets. It should be noted that the masks should be properly fitted against gaps and leakage. Not doing so will decrease the mask efficiency by 60%.

Face masks and hand washing are essential against the fight against Covid-19. If you, your family, or your employees need to get tested for Covid-19, the safest and most convenient way is through an on-site mobile testing team that comes to you instead of queueing in more populated areas. Via Medica International offers on-site Covid-19 testing.

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