COVID-19 affects us all! Protect yourself and others. Wearing masks can slow down the spread of the virus.
 
Medical masks belong in hospitals and not in your home. BUT self-made masks work too.
 
Let's make our own masks!

3 simple rules to become a hero:

3. Outside put #MasksOn and keep a safe distance of 2 meters to others. Act as if you are infected.
The best part is: YOU can easily make your own mask!
YOU can use T-shirts, pillowcases, kitchen towels, kitchen roll and many other materials. 
1. #StayHome 
2. #WashHands for at least 20 seconds with soap.

Kitchen towels

Kitchen roll

 

ATTENTION: All masks presented here are not standardized and certified! They serve only as supporting solutions!

After each use, the masks must be washed at 60°C or boiled. Disposable masks such as masks made from kitchen roll must be disposed of after single use.

Wash your hands before making the mask, before putting on the mask, after taking of the mask. 
See how to wear a mask: 

Kitchen towels

Easy: 

1. Fold the kitchen towel into a triangle.

2. Tie it over your mouth and nose.

3. #MasksOn before going outside.

Advanced:

Needed:

1 kitchen towel

1 sheet of baking paper/greaseproof paper (optional)

2 rubber bands

Instructions:

1. Optional: Place the baking paper in the lower third of the kitchen towel

2. Fold the kitchen towel 3 times (from bottom to top)

3a. Fold a bit more than one-third of the left side to the inside

3b. Fold a bit more than one-third of the right side to the inside

3c. the left and right sides should now overlap in the middle. 

4. Open up the left and right side again. 

5. Place one rubber band in the newly formed bend on the left side and one rubber band in the bend on the right side.

6. Fold the left and right side to the middle. Both sides should overlap.

7. Place the two sides into each other. 

8. You can now put on your mask by strapping the rubber bands behind your ears.

9. #MasksOn before going outside.

You can see all steps visualized in the video. Click HERE.   

 

Kitchen roll

Needed:

1 sheet kitchen roll
1 tissue
Wide sticky tape 
Wire (optional)
Hole punch 
Scissors 
4 rubber bands or cord

Instructions:

1. Cut the sheet of kitchen roll in 2 halves and put them on top of each other.
2. Unfold the tissue, cut it in 2 halves and put one half on the kitchen roll. 
3. Stick the kitchen roll and the tissue together at the short edges with sticky tape. 
4. Punch holes in the short sides and attach the rubber bands to the holes.
5. Fix a piece of wire with tape on one of the long sides, the wire is to make the mask fit to the nose and not to slip down. 
6. To avoid holes on the sides, you can still gather the short side and glue it together, so that a kind of bowl is formed. 
7. #MasksOn before going outside.

Attention: These masks are single-use masks!

You can see all steps visualized in the video. Click HERE.   

 

T-shirt

1. Cut off both sleeves of a large T-shirt. The sleeves must fit over your head. 
2. Put both sleeves over your head and pull them over your mouth and nose. 

3. #MasksOn before going outside.

You can see all steps visualized in the video. Click HERE.   

 

Pillowcases

Easy: 

1. Cut the pillowcase into 50 cm x 35 cm.

2. Fold the kitchen towel into a triangle.

3. Tie it over your mouth and nose.

4. #MasksOn before going outside.

Advanced:

Needed:

1 kitchen towel

1 sheet of baking paper/greaseproof paper (optional)

2 rubber bands

1 scissor

Instructions:

1. Cut the pillowcase into 50 cm x 35 cm. 

2. Optional: Place the baking paper in the lower third of the kitchen towel

3. Fold the kitchen towel 3 times (from bottom to top)

4a. Fold a bit more than one-third of the left side to the inside

4b. Fold a bit more than one-third of the right side to the inside

4c. the left and right sides should now overlap in the middle. 

5. Open up the left and right side again. 

6. Place one rubber band in the newly formed bend on the left side and one rubber band in the bend on the right side.

7. Fold the left and right side to the middle. Both sides should overlap.

8. Place the two sides into each other. 

9. You can now put on your mask by strapping the rubber bands behind your ears.

10. #MasksOn before going outside.

You can see all steps visualized in the video. Click HERE.   

 

Important notes on the masks
Source: WHO

Remember to keep a safe distance of 2 meters to others and cough and sneeze into your elbow.

FAQ

When should I wear the mask?


If you could meet people who come closer than two metres, for example while shopping, in the street or in the pharmacy.So actually always outside your home. Try to keep a safe distance anyway! We are not doctors. Please find the latest information on the website of the WHO or your local health organization.




If masks do not protect me, why should I wear a mask?


It's not just about you. It's about protecting everyone else from you if you're already contagious. You don't have to have symptoms to be contagious.




Which materials should I use?


There is no easy answer to this question. Based on a study from the University of Cambridge "pillowcase and the 100% cotton t-shirt were found to be the most suitable household materials for an improvised face mask. The slightly stretchy quality of the t-shirt made it the more preferable choice for a face mask as it was considered likely to provide a better fit. (...) doubling the layers of fabric did significantly increase the pressure drop measured across all 3 materials (...)" Source of picture: https://smartairfilters.com/

(LINK to study)





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#MasksOn is an initiative by Enactus Wuppertal e.V. & Kusasalethu Group

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