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Make your own mask at home. It’s simple

Everyone should to wear a mask when they step out of home as a protection against coronavirus. Whatever you do, please don’t go to a pharmacy to buy a mask. You don’t need a surgical mask, nor the N95. These masks are in short supply, and whatever little is there, leave them for health workers. Instead, make one at home. You have the material — an old T-shirt, a faded dupatta, a handkerchief you had forgotten about; any cloth, really. All you need to do is pick what kind of mask you want to make at home. We show you three ways you can make your own mask. Just a couple of things you need to keep in mind…
EVERYONE NEEDS TWO MASKS, NOT ONE
~ That’s because you need to wash masks. So, you wear a fresh one, and the other goes into the laundry
~ Also, remember: NO sharing. If you do, you pass on your germs, and you don’t want that
~ So, if you are a family of 4, you will need 8 masks
ANY CLEAN PIECE OF CLOTH WILL DO
~ Any cloth available at home can be used to make a face mask. Only, make sure it is thoroughly cleaned and washed before you stitch it into a mask
~ The mask should cover the mouth and nose completely and should be easy to tie around your ears
~ If you have a sewing machine, then you can jazz it up a bit. But even if you don’t, relax: you can still make a simpler version
Let’s show you how it’s done…

T-SHIRT CLOTH MASK

BANDANA MASK

SEWN CLOTH FACE MASK QUICK

WHAT YOU NEED TO REMEMBER
~ Wash hands thoroughly before wearing mask
~ As soon as this mask becomes damp or humid, switch to another face cover and clean the used one
~ Never share your mask with anyone. Every member in a family needs a separate one
CLEAN YOUR MASK EVERY DAY
~ Thoroughly wash the mask in soap and warm water and leave it to dry in the sun for 5 hours
~ If there is no sunlight, boil it in hot water (for 15 min) or in a pressure cooker (for 10 min) and leave it to dry. Adding salt to the water is recommended. Or, you could just wash with soap and iron it for 5 minutes
~ Keep the mask in a clean, safe place like a thoroughly washed plastic bag.
Share a picture with your home-made mask on your social handles using #MaskIndia. The best picture will be featured in TOI and on maskindia.com

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