Mask Recommendations


In order to protect you and your families from COVID-19, the St. Louis Jewish Medical Advisory Board (in step with new CDC recommendations) recommends wearing a mask when outside your home, including essential trips to the grocery store or other essential tasks (like doctor’s appointments).

There is a national shortage of medical and N95 masks and it is unlikely that you can purchase them online or at the store. Therefore, we recommend that individuals design and use hand-made cloth masks.

Masks should double-layered and made from material that is a tightly-woven, but with a breathable fabric. The best designs have a double layer of cotton fabric with a pouch into which you can insert a filter such as a piece cut from of a new hepa-filter vacuum cleaner bag or even a paper towel.

Here are a few videos on how to make your own face mask.

How to make a mask using scissors and a t-shirt:

How to sew a face mask using fabric:

When wearing your mask, remember the following key points:

  1. Once you place the mask over your face, do NOT touch the outside of the mask and, if you remove it, always wear the same side facing outwards.
  2. Remove your mask by taking the straps from the back of your head and pulling it forward.
  3. Wash the mask with other clothing worn outside the home in hot water using regular detergent.  Dry on high heat.
  4. Wash your hands with soap and water before and after touching your mask.
  5. Wearing a mask does not preclude the need to continue practicing safe hand hygiene.   Continue washing your hands and avoid touching your hands to your face or nose.

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