Coronavirus: how to make a homemade medical mask

It is up to you to do this at home, and although it is not infection-proof, it can a priori stop the virus if you maintain a reasonable distance.

Masks may not be an absolute safety barrier, but they do play a role as the coronavirus crisis grows more serious. The truth is that this good, which has become very valuable, is not enough, moreover, Spanish medical services They do not have enough masks and therefore they do not stop requesting this medical material from any person or private company if they have them.

While there is a state of alarm, residents of Spain should respect time and remain in their homes, awaiting the gradual cessation of the infection. And since we all have a lot of free time, now is the time make a homemade mask in case you don’t have one. There are several materials you can use, but since you can’t buy anything, you’ll have to make do with what you have and, if possible, use a needle and thread.

Make the typical folds of regular masks.Make the typical folds of regular masks.

On the other hand, if this quarantine is getting a little difficult for you and there are kids at home who always want to go outside, this could be a shared activity, but remember to always remember to use tools. … like scissors, so that they do not get damaged and know how to use them responsibly. Take note because it’s easy and, in addition, it will come in handy if you have to leave home for important reasons. If you need to go shopping or to the pharmacy, be sure to take a mask with you, and if you have gloves, take those with you as well. Also wash your hands as often as necessary, hygiene is always important. but in these moments more than ever not only for yourself to avoid infection, but also for others, for those who are most vulnerable or exposed to this virus, who may become infected and put their lives at risk.

With kitchen paper

Required material:

  • Kitchen paper
  • Rubbers
  • Stapler

This type of paper is found in almost every home, and do not forget to reinforce it. And again, keep in mind that these materials are not very effective in preventing infection, in fact, how small is coronavirus, it may slip through the paper, but it’s better than nothing. You should use two pieces of kitchen paper and you can put a napkin in between them to make it more durable. You can make the typical folds that regular masks have and you just need rubber bands which you will place at the ends, folding the paper to hold them in place, and secure them with a stapler. Take your time to get it right. This is to feel a little more secure by renewing it every day because it usually doesn’t last long.

With a piece of cloth

Required material:

  • Three pieces of durable fabric.
  • Elastic band for sewing
  • Thread and needle
  • Scissors

If you don’t mind sewing, this may be the best option because it will always be stronger than paper, although not error-free. Cut out a rectangle covering the entire lower surface of the face, finish the edges and sew the elastic in the same way. Moreover, if you are not very good with a needle, you can also use staples, but be careful that they do not stick to your face. I used a square of approximately 15×15 cm and several layers of fabric for reinforcement, if possible, add three.

Try to leave the house as little as possibleTry to leave the house as little as possible

The benefit of making it from fabric is that you can use printed fabric and teach little ones at home how to do it, always with adult supervision if they need to. For sewing, use scissors, a stapler or a needle. The good thing about cloth masks is that they can be washed, but not shared: everyone should have their own mask.

With wet wipes

Required material:

  • Wet wipe
  • Scissors
  • Alcohol

This method is quick and one-time, but it is also useful. You just need to use a folded wet wipe, cut out a portion of each side as a hole so that it can be attached to your ears. and you can quickly add alcoholalways disinfect, yes, perhaps this is the worst option of all, but it is the fastest.

With cloth towels

Required material:

  • piece of towel
  • Elastic band for sewing
  • Thread and needle
  • Scissors

If you don’t have a more or less durable piece of fabric at home, you can use an old towel to make a mask. The manufacturing method is identical, only a different similar material is used.

To make a mask, use fabric, paper - whatever suits you best.To make a mask, use fabric, paper – whatever suits you best.

One thing to keep in mind is that you may not have elastic bands at home to sew onto the ends in which case you can use other pieces of fabric but carefully measure them accordingly for the face on which said mask will be used. . . It is not so difficult, you just need to be patient. But here it’s better to sew it up and forget about the staples.

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