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As COVID-19 spreads across the country with new cases every day, doing everything we can to try and reduce the risk of transmitting this virus is of utmost importance. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has officially recommended that everyone but infants, should wear a cloth mask or a face covering in public spaces and in areas where the risk of transmitting the virus from person to person is high. The most important takeaway from the CDC’s message is that covering your face when you leave the house is a “voluntary public health measure” and must not replace proven precautions like self-quarantine at home, social distancing and thoroughly washing your hands. And of course, using these homemade masks will also ensure that we free up the more reliable medical masks for healthcare providers.

We have put together for you some simple and easy instructions that you and your little ones can follow to make your very own face mask. A fun way to engage with your family this weekend, the mask can be personalized and decorated according to what each person wants.

Materials you will need

  1. A piece of clean, rectangular, cotton cloth or a bandana or a t-shirt
  2. Thread or rubber bands
  3. A pair of scissors
  4. Nontoxic paints and a paint brush
  5. A black marker pen

Let’s get started

 

Step 1

Take the soft, clean cloth that cut it out into the shape of a rectangle.

 

Step 2

Fold the cloth horizontally in half.

Step 3

Fold the cloth again horizontally. The cloth will now look like a strip.

 

Step 4

Take 2 rubber bands or round pieces of thread and place them around the 2 ends of the cloth.

 

Step 5

Fold the right side of the cloth towards the middle of the strip.

 

Step 6

Now fold the left side of the cloth. Both sides will now be in the centre of the cloth.

Step 7

Take one end of the cloth and insert it into the other end.

Step 8

Turn over the cloth onto the other side.

 

Step 9

Now it’s time to get creative. You can involve your child to draw or paint on the mask that you have created. The pictures we have below are just an example. 

 

 

Your very own facemask is now ready to use! Do make sure that you launder the masks before and after you use it to ensure that you clean off any germs that you may have picked up while you were out wearing it.

 

There are many ways in which you can create your own facemask and the best part is that it requires very few materials, most of which you are sure to find at home.

 

Remember though that while these masks may be a tool to help reduce the spread of the virus, it by no means, replaces regularly and thoroughly washing our hands with soap and water and maintaining the advocated social distance norms.

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We hope you have lots of fun making these masks with your family. Do share some pictures of the completed masks that you have made with your little ones and tag us on your social media handles with the below:

#staysafe #copingwithCOVID #stayprotected #DIYMasks #stayhomestayfit #besafe #maskup

Disclaimers –

· The CDC recommendation as of late last week is for people to voluntarily wear cloth face coverings in public, in places where the risk of transmitting coronavirus from person to person is higher

· Remember that there’s no strong evidence that homemade masks and face coverings can keep you from acquiring the coronavirus, but there some potential benefits below to wearing something on your face when you leave the house

· It’s important to remember that homemade and hand-sewn face masks should be used in combination with appropriate social distancing on walks and in stores, and that thorough hand-washing is still the most advocated medical advice for healthy people to avoid acquiring the virus.