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DIY face masks in 10 seconds & improve cheaper masks


What do you do if all face masks are sold out at every single store? After the coronavirus began spreading, there were soon no more face masks at any store. Restocking could take weeks. I will show you how to make your own DIY mask in 10 seconds.

What if the N95 masks are not available to you but you have a surgical masks? An N95 mask can filter at least 95% of airborne particles if you wear it correctly. A surgical mask does not effectively filter small particles from the air and does not prevent leakage around the edge of the mask when the user inhales. If you only have cheap masks, the biggest problem is that they may not fit well and there will be leakage around the edge of the mask. Since surgical masks are not designed to pass a fit test, I will show you how to make the mask fit if you don’t have access to an N95 mask.

We also proposed a couple of simple tests you can do to compare the effectiveness of different materials you have at home. We propose these minimal testing methods not because they are rigorous but because having an unrealistic sense of security by wearing a mask when it doesn’t fit well or being unaware of the level of effectiveness is also dangerous because you might then over-expose yourself to whatever it is you are trying to avoid. Be aware that having a false sense of security is dangerous. So even for a N95 mask, you need to wear it correctly and need to perform fit test.