How to make a ‘DIY’ face mask

Making your own face mask

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. 

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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.