Surgeon General: Here’s how you can make a cloth mask today in just a few easy steps


U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams says it is easy to make a cloth to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and he shows you how it’s done.

Adams posted a DIY video on the surgeon general’s Twitter account on Saturday morning.

The Centers for Disease Control on Friday issued new recommendations for wearing masks that mark a significant departure from what the guidance had been.

What the CDC recommends regarding masks

The CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain like grocery stores and pharmacies, and especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

The CDC emphasized that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus.

“CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others,” reads the CDC’s website.

“Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

“The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.”

According to an NBC News article, some fabrics are better than others, however. Research shows that masks made of two layers of heavyweight “quilters cotton” with a thread count of at least 180, and had thicker and tighter weave, were the best.

Lesser quality fabrics also worked well, as long as they had an internal layer of flannel.

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine encouraged people Saturday, to not put a stigma on people who are wearing homemade masks and bandanas. Instead, he said to look at it as helping your fellow man.

“Think they’re trying to do something that’s good, trying to keep their germs, trying to keep from infecting us,” DeWine said. “These are positive things.”

Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton says wearing a mask can help save lives.

“When were out and about, going to the store, wearing this can make a difference in us spreading those respiratory droplets to other people. Again, it’s not 100%, it’s about 80% effective, but that 80%, like our Swiss cheese layers, of everything we’re doing to stay home adds up collectively to slowing down the spread of this virus.” 

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Unpacking the gudiance

“I want to unpack the evolution of our guidance on masks because it has been confusing to the American people,” Adams said during a press briefing Friday.

Adams said that although and he other public health experts initially believed wearing a mask would not have a substantial impact on curbing the spread, the latest evidence makes clear that people who don’t show any symptoms can nonetheless pass on the virus.

“We’re looking at the data, we’re evolving our recommendations, and new recommendations will come as the evidence dictates,” Adams said.

(This article includes material from the Associated Press.)

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