YOU DON’T NEED A FACE MASK IF YOU’RE NOT SICK, BUT IF YOU’RE HANDY YOU CAN MAKE ONE ANYWAY
You may have seen the latest DIY sewing craze popping up on Facebook or Instagram or Pinterest, touting the combination of cutstom-fabric cuteness with COVID-19 stopping power. But no, that handmade face mask won’t stop you from getting sick.
Dr. Scott Harris with the Alabama Department of Public Health said Monday during a news conference regarding COVID-19 that hand-sewn masks are not recommended for health care workers.
“There is no evidence that those are effective,” Harris said. “We would not recommend people use them.”
Some health care workers are wearing handmade masks over their N-95 medical masks so they can use the medical mask more than once.
For regular people, masks can cut your chances of getting sick, but if you’re already washing your hands, not touching your face and staying socially isolated like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends, you don’t need one.
If you’re caring for someone with COVID-19 or are infected yourself, wearing a mask is more important. If you’re sick, wearing a mask means spreading fewer germs when you cough or sneeze, and if you’re taking care of someone it cuts your chances of being coughed or sneezed on.
So if you feel like you should wear a mask, save the medical-grade ones for health care workers who are in desperate need of supplies and spend an hour making your own.
They’re cute and make for an easy sewing project for beginners, so here’s some guides on how to make them.