The Best Household Material To Make Your Own Face Mask

The Best Household Material To Make Your Own Face Mask

APRIL 25, 20200 SHARENO COMMENTSON THE BEST HOUSEHOLD MATERIAL TO MAKE YOUR OWN FACE MASK

Who would have thought that we would be writing this blog in 2020? But here we are so, lets take all the precautionary measures required. With masks being sold out really quickly we turn to our last resort, that is DIY masks.
Why is making a homemade facemask important?

The country is running out of equipment to combat the virus. Though we are under a lockdown it is really crucial to have a personal mask while interacting with people or going out for necessary supplies. We won’t be wrong to tell that- precaution is better than cure, certainly in this situation. Covering your mouth and nose is one more thing people can do in addition to social distancing and hand-washing to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The availability of surgical masks or the N95 is exclusively diverted towards individuals who are at the forefront in battling the virus like the healthcare institution, police and more. Hey, even our Prime Minister, Mr. Modi used a scarf when addressing the nation.
But, what material should one use?

The Coronavirus is extremely tiny and can get easily trapped by the fabric. Even after getting trapped they still allow the air to pass. However, the virus is easily transmissible when it is stuck with larger water droplets mainly transmitted through the mouth. A homemade mask is effective in stopping them.

According to various researches double fold material has been proven really effective and acts as a better option but this does not mean we keep staking fabric after fabric. It is crucial to understand that there should be a balance between breathability and infiltration.

A group of Cambridge University researchers compared filtration and breathability of different types of homemade mask materials, and here’s what they found. They concluded that masks made from pillowcases or cotton T-shirts struck the best balance.

Source: The Washington post

Pillowcovers and 100% cotton T-shirts have proven really effective in making homemade masks.The mixture of fit, filtration, and breathability led the Cambridge University study to conclude the 100% cotton t-shirt and the pillowcase to be the top two at-home protective mask materials.The mixture of fit, filtration, and breathability led the Cambridge University study to conclude the 100% cotton t-shirt and the pillowcase to be the top two at-home protective mask materials.

Other materials that can also be used are linen scarf and tea towels.

 

Note: A protective mask only reduces the risk of the infection. However, it does not completely eliminate the risk of the infection. It is a precautionary measure. One also needs to take precautions in terms of washing hands regularly and maintaining social distancing. Maintain hygiene and help the needy in whatever way possible. Stay Home