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    Make your own face mask

    For a while we were told not to wear masks unless we were taking care of sick or vulnerable people or were infected ourselves because there is such a limited supply of the most effective masks that hospitals and others who really need the masks don't have enough of them.

    But now it seems that if we're in a COVID-19 hotspot or apt to be in groups of people or whatever, we ought to be wearing masks, and we should definitely not be snapping up those masks that others desperately need. Instead we can make our own. For those who can sew, the instructions are easy:

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    SPMS diagnosed 1980. Avonex 2001-2004. Copaxone 2006-2009. Glatiramer acetate since December 2020.

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    Here’s a few other videos on this from the many on YouTube:

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    And one that is hand sewing:

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    I got pre-cut fabric from the FabricShoppe on Etsy. When I bought it it was $18 for a half pound. The elastic has been hard to find. I have some on back-order from eBay. :-(
    I have seen masks made with hair elastics and I ordered some of those, also on back order. Harvesting elastic from old clothes might be the best source.

    Folding a cotton scarf around your nose and mouth securely is a good start if you must go out.

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    Last edited by stillstANNding; 04-03-2020, 01:05 PM. Reason: Added a video at top
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      #3
      Who's going to sew poor Sam and myself a mask? We are goners!
      "Given the millions of billions of Earth-like planets, life elsewhere in the Universe without a doubt, does exist."

      Albert Einstein

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        #4
        Howie, I have read that if you get the virus, you need to be quarantined from your family and pet(s)! Apparently, they can carry the virus presumably on their fur (?) at least a short time. How would I ever recover if I didn’t have my nurse-cat, Lily? Still, I wouldn’ Want Peter to get the virus.

        Since you don’t share your space with another person, you wouldn’t have to be separate from Sam.

        Let’s all be extra careful and not get it.
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          #5
          Don't anyone move in with Howie! He's safe as long as he lives alone with Sam.

          So many people want to just move in with Howie for all of the free dental care. This will be a notice letting them know it's not possible.
          SPMS diagnosed 1980. Avonex 2001-2004. Copaxone 2006-2009. Glatiramer acetate since December 2020.

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            #6
            Sam lives with me, and she still has all her teeth. That's because she also still has all her claws!
            "Given the millions of billions of Earth-like planets, life elsewhere in the Universe without a doubt, does exist."

            Albert Einstein

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              #7
              I love this pattern and it does not require elastic:

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                #8
                That looks like an easy one to make and should do what it's supposed to do. Are filters useful? I notice that some designs include a filter and others don't.

                A sewing machine would definitely speed up the process but I did the New York Times one by hand. Instead of the ribbon I used a cord. I didn't happen to have any appropriate ribbon on hand. I have tons of gift-wrap ribbon but it wouldn't last long and can't be sewn on.

                Elastic has a way of giving out too easily. I'll tie the cords around the back of my head. The fabric came from a stash I've had around here for years, left over from the time when I was making quilts, or trying to.
                SPMS diagnosed 1980. Avonex 2001-2004. Copaxone 2006-2009. Glatiramer acetate since December 2020.

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                  #9
                  I don't have one because I do not have a sewing machine. I'll try to make one like the Surgeon General said and that way I can use rubber bands. Now if I can just find rubber bands that are not too tight or too loose and I also need material.
                  Virginia

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                    #10
                    I don't think I'd like rubber bands. If you can find some elastic, it might be more comfortable.

                    I can't hang the mask on my ears because there's no room. It's all taken up by (a) glasses and (b) hearing aids.

                    An old pillowcase or tea towel if it's made of densely woven cotton would probably do fine.

                    Does anyone know why some of the masks have filters and others do not? What is the purpose of the filters?
                    SPMS diagnosed 1980. Avonex 2001-2004. Copaxone 2006-2009. Glatiramer acetate since December 2020.

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                      #11
                      Agate, it has to do with the size of the virus and the weave of the material. I don’t know what is used in N-95 masks but do-it-yourself mask makers (like the nurse above) use non- woven material as a filter layer in a pocket. I don’t know how you breath through something non-woven.

                      Here’s the chart of effectiveness:

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                      Last edited by stillstANNding; 04-08-2020, 03:12 AM.
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                        #12
                        This is the T-shirt mask. No elastic, ties or sewing:

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                          #13
                          Improved no sew T-shirt mask:

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                            #14
                            MaxiAids is supposedly selling a variety of masks and shields though they're listed as out of stock just now (of course).

                            I hope this doesn't seem like advertising as I'm no great fan of MaxiAids but have ordered some items from them over the years. They put out no-frills items for disabled people, usually good quality, though their returns policy isn't the best.

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                            Last edited by agate; 04-11-2020, 08:42 AM.
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                              #15
                              Just my opinion, that face shield wouldn't do a thing to stop droplets from a sneeze. Have you ever seen a sneeze in slow motion? The droplets scatter in all directions. A proper face mask works better. Filters everything you breath in through your nose and mouth. I've seen people on TV with the mask only covering their mouth, but the nose exposed. Good luck with that!
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