Disease Control and Prevention Centers recommend wearing fabric face coverings if you can't maintain social distance – like in the grocery store.
Fabric face masks can be found on Etsy and in clothing retailers. However, waiting times can be long, which means that you may want to make one at home.
Michael Cellini, D.O., Senior Diagnostic & Interventional Radiology Resident, recently showed in a new YouTube video how to create your own masks.
First, Dr. Cellini that masks should not prevent you from getting COVID-1
Dr. Cellini follows the tutorial of another YouTuber Jan Howell, who has published a video about making masks without sewing. The doctor uses material from one of his medical peeling shirts, but explains that you can use an old t-shirt. While there is still not enough research on the best materials for masking at home, a study found that pillow cases and cotton t-shirts are the best barriers.
He measures the correct dimensions with a tape measure and cuts the fabric. The instructions make two masks. Dr. However, Cellini decides to make its cover thicker and folds the cloth over to double the material. In the end, Dr. Cellini is impressed by the results when you consider that the mask does not require any sewing skills.
"It actually does a pretty good job," says Dr. Cellini. "I mean, it's free. You can do it yourself in two seconds, like me."