It is critical that medical-grade masks be reserved for health care personnel during this time. However, community members have a variety of masks to choose from, such as cloth and disposable masks. Many are now available at local businesses and chain stores, both in-store and online. You can also sew your own, or create your own using non-sewing techniques.
You can make your own cloth mask at home using materials you may already have lying around the house, such as a t-shirt, hand towel, bandana and rubber bands. Watch this video, courtesy of the CDC for step-by-step instructions.
for a tutorial on making a cloth mask with elastic straps.
for a tutorial on making a cloth mask with cloth straps.
to download and print a cloth mask pattern.
No matter what mask you choose to make and/or purchase, be sure it is big enough to cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of your face. Be sure you are also able to breathe easily.