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:
- 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.
- Remove your mask by taking the straps from the back of your head and pulling it forward.
- Wash the mask with other clothing worn outside the home in hot water using regular detergent. Dry on high heat.
- Wash your hands with soap and water before and after touching your mask.
- 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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