The coronavirus pandemic has created an unprecedented demand for face masks in the medical profession, as millions of masks are needed to protect the doctors, nurses and other health care workers who treat COVID-19 patients. Sewers around the world have been doing their best to produce masks that can be donated to local hospitals, following tutorials for how to sew a face mask that’s effective against the coronavirus.
But soon, those of us not in the health care profession may need masks for ourselves.
Until recently, the World Health Organization has urged that if you’re healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you’re taking care of a person suspected of having COVID-19, or if you’re coughing or sneezing. However Neil Fishman, the chief medical officer of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, told The New York Times that “for individuals working in certain essential industries, where they still have to go out every day, I think wearing a mask makes sense.” And now, The Washington Post reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering recommending the general public wear face masks when they’re out and about.
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In light of the medical profession’s shortage of face masks, it’s imperative that those of us who can should refrain from buying the masks our health care workers so badly need. The next best option is making our own, and since many of us either don’t know how to sew or don’t have access to sewing supplies, no-sew DIY face masks are the best option.