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What is the best material for a diy mask? This is one of the most discussed topics after last week U.S. health officials recommended U.S. residents wear non-medical masks in public to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Why You Should Wear Cloth Face Mask 

With highly contagious COVID-19 spreading throughout the world, we have a massive global shortage of masks and other medical supplies. Everyday dedicated front-line health-care workers are carrying their duties taking care the diagnosis, treatment and care of people with COVID-19. Wearing and making cloth face mask help preserve available masks to these professionals.

To slow the spread of the coronavirus, covering your mouth and nose is an additional thing people can do to social distancing and hand-washing. Another good reason to wear cloth face mask is to protect people around you if you are infected without symptoms.

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What Is The Best Material For a DIY Cloth Face Mask

Knowing a cloth face mask does offer a bit of protection to the wearer, but DIY masks’ effectiveness varied widely, according to a study by a group of scientists and doctors at Wake Forest University. The group tested approximately 400 masks made by community volunteers and found two better material options

  • a double layer of cotton with a thread count of at least 180
  • a double-layer mask with a simple cotton outer layer and an inner layer of flannel

Generally a denser weave of thicker material that light doesn’t pass through should be a good material to use for your diy mask. Be aware to keep a balance between breathability and filtration.

No matter what material you choose, always keep in mind to use masks properly. Wash you hands before putting on mark. When taking off a mask, carefully not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth. Machine wash the masks routinely.

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