According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent this illness from spreading is to avoid being exposed to the virus, which is thought mainly to spread from person-to-person.
The CDC states that the virus more likely spreads between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet), through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, and some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
Because of the way coronavirus spreads, the CDC recommends that we wear face masks to cover our mouth and nose when we go out in public. One of our wonderful volunteers - Kristi Wagner - has figured out a way to make a cloth mask out of running buffs! All you need is a buff and hair ties. You can insert a “non-woven cloth” in the middle of the mask like wet tissues that are dried to act as a filter, and a coffee filter was also suggested.
“I made the Buff mask by folding it in a third along the long side, then folding the ends into the middle, after sliding the large hair elastic ties on either end,” says Kristi. “I tucked the ends in around my nose, in the gap between my cheeks. You can also put a coffee filter in before folding.”
These masks should only be used as a last resort when no other masks are available, since they are not N95 standard. But it’s better than nothing!
Here’s a video by Julie Eigenmann which shows step-by-step instructions: FACEBOOK VIDEO
For the cloth mask:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
- You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
- Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
- Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
- Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
- Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
Here’s a great link from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention for information on cloth masks, how to make them, clean them and properly wear them: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
We hope everyone is staying safe, healthy and sane. We miss all of you! Please continue to check into our website for updates on events and happenings.
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