As the coronavirus pandemic continues to intensify in the United States, the federal government is now asking everyone to wear a face covering in public.
Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention originally advised against the use of face masks for healthy people, research increasingly suggests coronavirus infections are being spread by people who have no clear symptoms. The CDC has updated these guidelines, taking into consideration how face masks affect transmission.
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Face coverings, however, must be worn without taxing critical stores of N95 masks needed by medical professionals.
"You are not doing surgery at home or during your shopping, so you don't need these masks. They are harder to fit. They are less comfortable," said Jeremy Howard, a research scientist at the University of San Francisco.
Instead, fabric masks, scarves or bandanas should work just fine -- as long as the material allows you to breathe while wearing it. "Good Morning America" found these helpful tutorials that you can use regardless of experience.
DIY Face Mask without sewing
DIY Face Mask with Sewing Machine
Prepare the mask:
Prepare the ties: