“Necessity is the mother of invention.” - English Proverb
“Prior to modern disposable masks, washable fabric masks were standard use for hospitals,” said Dawn Rogers, MSN, RN, FNP-C, Patient Safety & Infection Prevention Office. “We will be able to sterilize these masks and use them repeatedly as needed. While it’s less than ideal, we want to do our best to protect our staff and patients during this pandemic.”
Details about Making Fabric Masks #
Hospitals and urgent care facilities are in need of masks. If you spend any time on social media, you’ve probably seen an appeal by friends of workers at Son Espaces. All the hospitals on the island are in desperate need of hygienic supplies. While you are at home, creatively using your time can help with your sanity and can support the healthcare workers who are on the front lines of this pandemic.
The Center for Disease Control in the U.S.A. has issued these Guidelines for Masks to better understand mask safety and how to manage a shortage of supplies.
Time: 15-20 minutes
Here’s a list of what you need #
- Elastic ribbon – this is sewn onto the layers to create a tight fit around the nose and mouth. Remember your eyes need additional protection.
- Inner layer – A hydrophobic fabric like a jersey or similar cotton
- Filtration layers – Cotton, bamboo, fleece are good. 3-layered fabrics offer better filtration. You can use something in your closet if you are willing to cut it up. You could make several masks.
- Outermost layer – Interlocking fabric like a jersey, using the plain side face out with the mesh side face in.
- Needle and thread
Pattern and Directions #
The Pattern is courtesy of The Turban Project
How to Make A Mask at Home
Watch this video to see exactly how to make your mask. You don't need a sewing machine to do this. Video Courtesy of The Deaconess Health System.
We are stronger together. As we have learned in previous global events, we need each other. Now is not the time for isolation even though we are self-quarantined under a government lockdown. By caring for others, we find a little something to be grateful. This is the key to maintaining our sanity. Our parents and grandparents hailed a call-to-war.
Our call-to-action in this time is to maintain the peace - inside and out and to remain vigilant of hygienic behavior to protect ourselves and others while healthcare workers care for our most vulnerable. This is one way to support your community.
For spiritual and emotional connection, join in a round of clapping on your balcony or looking out your windows at 8 p.m. nightly for healthcare workers.
Disclaimer: To the best of our ability, we have verified the information contained in this article to ensure safe and effective protections against the coronavirus. We are not medical professionals nor scientists and are not certifying this information will protect anyone from any virus or medical condition.
The video below is silly but we included it because we need to remember, all of our family members are with us in this time. Take care of your pets and enjoy what they have to teach us.
We love seeing people getting creative during those times! Here are Anna Plit's face masks. #mallorcacreativity
If you need a quick solution and have a bandana or similar type of scarf of relative thickness, watch this video and stay safe.
DIY - How to Make A No-Sew Facemask in a Minute
Use a bandana or scarf and watch this video to see how to fold it to keep you and others safe. You can have fun by selecting special material and make a designer statement.
By Affordable Mallorca Team
20 March, 2020