How to make your own face mask – and all you need is an old T-shirt – The Sun

BRITS protecting themselves from the coronavirus have been advised to wear face coverings when using public transport and in some shops and supermarkets.

But with national shortages of personal protective equipment, many will be forced to dig out old t-shirts and create their own make-shift mask.

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The UK government has created a guide on how to make suitable masks, despite the advice being that there is no evidence that suggests that wearing a face covering does protect you, but it may protect others if you are infected but have not developed symptoms.

Based on the latest scientific evidence from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) the government has said wearing masks could help stop the transmission of the disease in some cases.

A new handy guide from the government has explained how you can make your own mask at home, all you need is an old t-shirt that you do not want anymore, preferably in a size small, as well as a pair of scissors to cut the fabric.

Here are the four simple steps you need to follow to make your own face covering from a t-shirt

Step one: Using the scissors cut a line across the width of the t-shirt around 20cm

Step two: From the top of the right hand corner of the fabric, measure 2cm below this and then make a 15cm horizontal cut through both sides of the fabric

Step three: The next step is to cut downwards until you reach 2cm above the edge. Now make another 15cm cut that runs parallel to the bottom to make a rectangle that can be thrown away.

Step four: Now, to make the ties that secure the mask you need two long strips of fabric. Then unfold the main piece of fabric and place over the mouth and nose to secure. This then needs to be tied around the head and around the neck.

As well as the simple four step face mask , the government also issued guidance on a sewn face covering.

In order to make that you will need a needle and thread, scissors, two 25cm x 25cm squares of cotton fabric and two 20cm pieces of elastic (or string or cloth strips).

This process is a little more complicated but can also be completed in just four steps. The government said today that it would not be supplying face masks or coverings to the general public, but added that it was important to wash the masks after every use.

How to make a sewn mask in four steps

Step one: Taking your fabric cut out two 25cm x 25cm squares of cotton fabric and then stack the two squares on top of each other.

Step two: Fold over one side by 3/4 cm and hem, then do the same on the opposite side. Make two channels by folding the double layer of fabric over 1.5cm along each side and stitching this down.

Step three: Now for the tricky part, you need to run a 20cm length of elastic, string or cloth strip through the wider hem on each side of the face covering. These will be used as the ear loops and you can use a large needle to thread this through.

Step four: Pull on the elastic and adjust the fabric so it fits well across your face. The elastic loops should then fit over your ears.

The advice from the government however came with a strict warning that people must use materials they already have at home and not try to order PPE online that could otherwise go to to frontline NHS services.

It also stated that face coverings did not need to be worn outdoors while exercising.

The government also stated that they did not need to be worn by children or by people who may find them difficult to put on themselves. It also stated that the coverings do not need to be worn in schools for children who are still attending.

Health Minister Jo Churchill said the strategy has been guided by the science and that thanks to updated advice today, people should consider wearing the masks in public spaces where social distancing is not possible.

"You do not need a clinical mask which are prioritised for our healthcare workers. Instead a face covering is sufficient and we encourage people to make these at home with items they will already own", she added.

This is while Professor Chris Whitty said the face coverings were just added precautions and highlighted that the most effective way to protect yourself from the virus was to stay at home.

Previous guidance from the World Health Organization has stated that when people had worn face masks for prolonged periods of time, they were more likely to put others at risk by not strictly following other hygiene standards such as hand washing and social distancing.


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