INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Many people are now trying to figure out ways to make do it yourself, or “DIY” masks at home.
It comes after the Centers for Disease Control announced a new recommendation to cover your nose and mouth in public places where social distancing is tough such as pharmacies and grocery stores.
According to the CDC, up to 25% of people who have the virus may never feel symptoms but could still transmit it.
That’s why wearing a mask, even if you don’t feel sick, is still a good idea. You can likely make one using things you already have at home such as a scarf, towel or old t-shirt.
In a recent video from the CDC, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams shows you how to make a cloth mask in under one minute only using two items.
The Indiana State Department of Health tweeted out some cloth mask guidelines:
- They should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of your face and should be secured with ties or ear loops
- The mask should have multiple layers of fabric but still allow for breathing without restriction
- You also need to be able to wash and dry it without damaging or changing its shape
Officials are reminding you this is not a substitute for social distancing and washing your hands. Those are still critical measures in stopping the spread.