9 Coronavirus Mask Designs to Slow the Spread

How to make your own mask.

by Helpful Engineering Comms Team Volunteer, Linda Yin​.

Globally, we are facing a severe face mask shortage as we scramble to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Coupled with the recent CDC recommendation in the United States to wear “cloth face coverings in public settings,” finding a commercially made face mask can be near-impossible.

Fortunately, a simple face mask can easily be made with materials that you likely already have. Here is a compilation of face mask designs from CDC guidelines, reviewed by healthcare professionals and others with varying levels of difficulty.

If you are making face masks, please consider reaching out to your local hospitals to see if they are accepting cloth mask donations as many are currently facing major shortages of protective equipment for our frontline healthcare workers.

From the CDC… “CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.”


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