There’s no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic has changed our lives. From social isolation to business closures, our lives have been turned upside down. But we must keep our spirits high and look towards the future with optimism.
That doesn’t mean we shouldn't be careful. In fact, from the get-go, I’ve been covering my nose and mouth with a mask when going dow the stairs in my building (I live on the fourth floor and stopped using the elevator) to get the mail in the lobby or to go out for an invigorating walk. However, I did not have to wait for the CDC’s recommendation to do so, since this always seemed like the logical step to take with no downside. Because the virus can survive suspended in air, masks are a good way to block respiratory droplets from entering via our nose and/or mouth as well as preventing the spread to others. Plus they serve as a reminder to not touch your face in situations when your hands may have come in contact with the virus.
Now that the CDC’s recommendation to wear a cloth mask (not the N-95 masks as they are in short supply) in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to implement is “official”, many more people are in need of masks.
Make Your Own No-Sew Cloth Mask
It’s really easy to make your own no-sew cloth mask, and today I’m sharing with you a video along with instructions that show you the steps to do just that.
- Square piece of fabric at least 20 inches by 20 inches.
- Two hair elastics or rubber bands.
- Place the fabric, scarf, or handkerchief facedown on a flat surface.
- Fold the top half down to the middle point, then fold the bottom half up to the middle as well.
- Flip over, then fold the new top half down to the middle point followed by the bottom half up.
- Flip it over once again.
- Loop a hair elastic over each end.
- Fold the sides in toward the middle, overlapping one side with the other.
- Finally, flip it over. To wear, simply loop the hair elastics over each ear and make sure the mask covers both your mouth and nose.
Please note that it's important that you wash your cloth masks regularly with hot water and soap or detergent.
What This Means To You
Unfortunately, there's still much we don't know about the novel coronavirus, but we do know that we can take steps to prevent it. Make sure you’re taking immune-boosting supplements, such as Vitamin C and zinc, preparing healthy meals, and getting enough sleep.
I hope today’s article will help you protect yourself and your loved ones when leaving your house. Please be careful, and do everything you can to stay healthy and optimistic!