How to Make Your Own Mask

As many of you know, the Coronavirus or COVID-19 has been taking a large toll on the entirety of the world. People are forced to stay inside and not go to work. Schools have been closed across the country. In the midst of all the commotion, people really are only thinking about one thing, themselves and their family. When news of the virus first got out people started frantically buying all the supplies they could, this included toilet paper, non-perishable foods, and masks. The last thing on the list is very important. Hospitals are dealing with COVID-19 patients all day every day, and they are constantly using masks to protect themselves from contracting the virus. Hospitals in Oregon have less than a week until they run out of protective masks. If you have unused protective masks please donate them to your local hospital. You won’t need those masks because you’re going to learn how to make your own protective masks. All you need is a bandana or handkerchief that is about 21in by 21in and two hair bands or rubber bands. Here are the steps.

  1. Put the scarf or handkerchief facedown on a flat surface.
  2. Fold the top half down to the midline of the scarf, then fold the bottom half up to the midline.
  3. Flip it over so that the seam faces down.
  4. Fold the new top half down to the midline, and the bottom half up.
  5. Flip it over again so that the seam faces up.
  6. Loop a hair tie over each end of the folded rectangle.
  7. Fold the free sides of the rectangle in toward the middle, layering one side over the other.
  8. Flip it over. Loop the elastics over each ear to wear, making sure the mask covers your mouth and nose.

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