COVID-19 Day 21: Masks send the right message

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I urged the general use of cloth masks to help flatten the curve. But 3 weeks later, the CDC is sill ‘seriously considering ‘ changing their mask-wearing recommendations. Los Angeles’ mayor didn’t wait and yesterday urged wearing masks.

What needs to get out to the general public are the clear messages:

  • Wear a face mask whenever you venture out to reduce asymptomatic infection.
  • Make sure the mask completely covers your mouth and nose without gaps
  • Use 100% cotton washable cloth masks and leave disposable masks for healthcare professionals
  • Sanitize your masks by washing them in warm soapy water
  • Buy or make multiple masks so you can carry spares
  • Change your mask every time you go out and/or every 2hrs

Masks should be changed often to stay effective. I have a practical suggestion for easily showing that you’re changing your mask and to remind yourself to change it regularly. We should all carry 4 masks and write pleasant words of greeting on them: “Getting to Work”, “Good Day”, “Good Morning”, “Good Afternoon”, “Get Home Safe” and swap them at the appropriate time during the day.

I’ve even created a DIY video that shows you how to make your own masks without sewing.

 


SOURCES

COVID-19 Day 5: Why the CDC Should Encourage Face Masks.

https://thehill.com/changing-america/well-being/prevention-cures/490579-surgeon-general-asks-cdc-to-review-guidance-on

COVID-19 Day 24: How To Make a Mask Without Sewing

How To Make a Face Mask Out of a T-Shirt – DIY PPE

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