As social distancing recommendations are extended, and states enforce mandatory face coverings in public places, it has become increasingly difficult to find disposable face masks.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released guidelines for DIY cloth face masks. One of the easiest, and most accessible methods, is to use a bandana or other large piece of fabric.
Once you have a square of fabric, the first step is to fold it in half to form a large rectangle.
At this point, you can place a coffee filter or paper towel in the center for extra protection. Then, fold the bandana into thirds towards the center.
Next, measure out a space of at least 6 inches in the center of your bandana. Here you will place 2 hair ties, rubber bands, or elastic bands to go around your ears. If you're using hair ties, we recommend you make your mask a little wider than 6 inches, as hair ties stretch less than rubber bands. This will result in a more comfortable fit.
Pull your bandana through your hair ties or rubber bands, and measure it against your face to ensure it covers your nose and mouth properly. Then, pull each end towards the center and tuck one end into the other so it stays secure. This side of the mask will be against your face.
Loop one end around each ear, and now you have a functional and reusable cloth mask.
Please note the CDC states that masks should not be worn by children under 2 years of age.
While homemade cloth masks can slow the spread of Covid-19, we must all do our part to maintain social distance, and take necessary precautions.