CDC guidelines for homemade masks

Posted at 8:19 AM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 08:19:39-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla – The CDC recently issued a recommendation to wear a mask anytime you step out of the home, which should only be for essential activities. Fox 4 looked into the best ways to make your own mask, as well as information on who shouldn't be wearing one.

Let's start with who shouldn't wear a mask. The CDC advises against putting a mask on your child if they're younger than two, Because it could lead to suffocation.

For everyone else, below are the recommendations for homemade cloth face coverings, which should do the following:

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Include multiple layers of fabric
  • Allow for breathing without restriction
  • Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

The U.S. Surgeon General suggests using an old scarf, bandana or hand towel, or an old t-shirt. He shared this quick tutorial on how to do so.

The CDC recommends wearing these in public where social distancing is difficult, like the grocery store and pharmacy.

Keep in mind that when you're taking your mask off, it’s important not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Wash your hands immediately after taking it off.