How can I make a homemade face cover or filtering mask?

Cloth face covers help protect others against droplets that come out when people cough or sneeze.

This is important because people infected with coronavirus may not have symptoms but still be able to spread the virus to others. Surgical masks provide good protection, but these have to be reserved for healthcare settings, including patients with COVID-19. Homemade masks/face covers offer just a little protection, but may be recommended in some parts of the world. Adding a cut-out section of pantyhose may make the face cover work better to protect against the virus as it will hold the mask tightly against your face.

Face covers are no substitute for other infection prevention measures social distancing, handwashing, and respiratory hygiene (covering coughs and sneezes). The CDC and WHO have guidelines about when and where to use face coverings and other types of masks—and when not to use them. Many ideas have appeared online of various degrees of reliability, usefulness, and practicality. Our team is looking at those online resources and has found a few that we feel are the most reliable and practical. Other online resources we found are also listed below.


Masks use should be paired with social distancing and handwashing.


These are the TOP resources that our team found

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OTHER RESOURCES

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Sources Searched: We searched the WHO, CDC and MOHFW websites for information on homemade or cloth masks. We looked at several references from appropriate webpages within these pages.

Search Terms: (homemade OR DIY) AND (mask OR “face cover”)

Research on coronavirus and COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. This page reflects evidence collected up to May 29, 2020.


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