Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional; the intention of this post is to pass along information about the use (or not) of masks in relation to the Covid-19 virus. It also includes directions for making several styles of masks if you choose to do so.
The New Normal
I think it’s safe to say that most of us have experienced a change in our daily lives as we try to deal with the pandemic of Covid-19. Staying home except for essential errands, keeping our distance when we are around other people, washing our hands frequently and keeping our hands away from our faces (surprisingly, this is the hardest for me) are some of the things we are instructed to do to help limit the spread of this horrible virus.
We see more and more people walking around with a mask on the lower part of their face. There’s a lot of controversy about whether we should be wearing one as we grocery shop, go to the doctor, walk around the neighborhood getting our daily constitutional or stay at home with family members. There is no clear-cut answer because there is no real evidence that a simple mask has any effect on limiting the spread of Covid-19. I just saw a great report on PBS Newshour that explores this topic and presents both sides of the story. While it doesn’t tell you yes or no, it does give you a lot to think about while you make up your own mind. Click here to see the 7-minute news clip, “Should everyone be wearing a mask to protect against coronavirus?”
Supply and Demand
Of course, we’ve all heard about the shortage of masks and how hard they are to find if you do want to wear them. As sewists, we can make our own and even though it may not be the answer to keeping you from getting infected with Covid-19, it is one more barrier that may protect you from other germs. Keeping your immune system healthy is a good way to help your body fight any infection that may come your way.
Make Your Own
If you choose to wear a simple mask, there are dozens of free patterns and tutorials available on the Internet. Using fabric lets you add color and personality, which as sewists, we all love. Here are just a few options if you decide to make your own mask.
This hospital site has written directions that include measurements for masks that fit adults and children. Click here for full instructions.
Here are two great video tutorials by Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company. She shows you how to make a mask with elastic and one with ties. Click here for both tutorials.
This shaped mask is from Lorrie at https://lorrienunemaker.com/ and has a filter pocket so you can add a filter as another layer of protection. Click here to see how she makes these assembly-line style.
I haven’t made a mask yet but I am going to because, if nothing else, it will keep me from touching my face! Hope this info is helpful and please, stay healthy!