How to make your own coronavirus face masks with virus neutralizer

Henrietta Strickland
June 17, 2020

Cleaning a cloth mask is a simple process - take any used masks and put them into a closed container until they are ready to be cleaned.

Theoretically, a face mask should not let the virus through - the virus should only be present on the inside of the masks.

Martin Marshall, chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme there was no research to support wearing a mask if you were fit and well, and there was even a risk of picking up the infection if people were constantly adjusting it and touching their face. Samples were taken from the patients, the petri dish, the inside of the masks and the outside of the masks after the cough. Earlier this year, the CDC and World Health Organization discouraged healthy people many times from wearing masks.

A meta-analysis showed a protective effect of masks against clinical respiratory illness, influenza-like illness, SARS among healthcare workers.

He said: "However, it's common sense that if someone is coughing and spluttering then it makes complete sense to wear masks in order to protect other people and I think that's what this is about".

Depending on wearing a mask alone may not be enough to prevent the disease.

Basically, there are three types of facemasks for Covid-19 prevention: homemade cloth facemasks, which are very popular now, surgical masks and the N95 respirator. Touching the front of your mask, which is exposed to the environment, can defeat the goal of using it.

He said people with common viruses and colds might want to wear a mask in public once restrictions had been lifted further down the line. You would do well to avoid them and rather go for masks made with cotton fabric.

On the same day, Turkey ordered all of its citizens to wear masks when shopping or visiting crowded public places.

On April 9, Cameroon imposed masks for people leaving their homes.

Nigeria is expected to join them in early May after state governors asked President Muhammadu Buhari to approve the compulsory use of face masks in public. This applies to green areas such as parks and beaches as well as public places such as roads, squares, religious facilities, commercial facilities, and marketplaces. Unless the novel coronavirus infects you, that is, in which case the mask is mandatory.

"I can't promise that we will give everybody free masks, I mean that would be an extraordinary undertaking, and we do have to make sure that we have supplies available especially for health and social care staff, where the scientific advice throughout has been that the wearing of masks is necessary in those circumstances and we've got to make sure the provision is there for them".

Since some persons with the Coronavirus may not have symptoms or may not know they are infected, everyone should wear a face mask. The masks in the guide linked above are more effective than any basic cloth masks, for example, but now we've found a guide for DIY coronavirus face masks that are even more effective than those.

Spain made it compulsory on May 20 for everyone older than six to wear masks in indoor public spaces, and outdoor ones when it is impossible to keep more than two metres apart.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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