How To Make (And Wear) A Face Mask

Date:2020-04-24 browse:

MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:

Whether officials recommend all Americans to wear masks or not, many people are taking to making their own.

AILSA CHANG, HOST:

The Internet, naturally, is full of patterns and tutorials.

KELLY: Not all of these designs are created equal, though. The best mask you can make is one that fits snugly on your face. So a loosely wrapped scarf will not do the trick.

CHANG: If you can sew, cut up an old T-shirt or sheets and follow a pattern with pleats. Those allow the mask to form to your face.

KELLY: If you can't sew, take something that's already the right size, like a bandana. Once you have a piece of fabric that covers your mouth and your nose, you need to secure it over your ears.

CHANG: For that, you can use elastic or even rubber bands.

KELLY: Remember - the main potential benefit of wearing a mask is that it might help keep you from infecting other people if you're sick and you don't know it.

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