COVID-19: Two Easy Ways To Make A Face Mask At Home
From May 4, It will be an offence to go out without wearing a face mask in Nigeria.
A face mask isn’t intended to protect you, the wearer. Instead, the purpose of wearing a face covering, according to the Nigeria Center For Disease Control (NCDC), is to protect the people around you. That’s because you may have COVID-19 but aren’t showing symptoms.
TWO WAYS TO MAKE YOUR OWN FACE MASK:
(No Sewing Required)
HOW TO PUT ON AND TAKE OFF A MASK:
When putting it on:
-Hold the rubber bands or ties while securing it to your face
-Avoid touching the fabric
-Be sure it fits snugly
When taking it off:
-First, wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
-Use the straps (rubber bands or ties) to unhook or untie the mask from your face
-Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes
-Drop the mask into the washing machine so it’s clean the next time you need it
HOW TO WASH CLOTH FACE MASK:
Depending on the frequency of use, masks should be washed regularly by;
-Using a washing machine; OR
-Handwashing with detergent or soap and clean warm water.
-Iron the mask before use.
WHEN SHOULD I REPLACE MY FACE MASK?
This depends on the frequency of use however, masks should be replaced before they wear thin, lose shape, fade, or have holes. Ensure old masks are properly discarded in a closed bin.
Whether you are wearing a face covering or not, the CDC still recommends that you:
- Wash your hands regularly. Use soap and water, and wash them for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer is acceptable to use if you are unable to wash your hands.
- Cover your face when coughing with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
- Avoid touching your face, because you could transmit the virus from your hands into your mouth.
- Stay at home, except for essential trips outside like trips to the grocery store or to see your doctor. This is also called sheltering in place.
- Practice physical distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from other people. The Presidential Task Force also recommends avoiding gatherings of 20 or more people, which should be easy because you're staying at home.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.