Wear a homemade mask to slow the spread of COVID-19




Please donate medical-grade masks (N95 and surgical masks) to hospitals. We are advocating for homemade masks to every Juan out there.

How to Significantly Slow Coronavirus?

“Analyses show that if 50% of the population were to wear masks, only 50% of the population would be infected by the virus. Once 80% of the population wears a mask, the outbreak can be stopped immediately.”

– 2019 Study Published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Homemade Masks Are Effective At Slowing COVID-19 Spread

“There is emerging evidence that asymptomatic and presymptomatic transmission of COVID-19 is possible…everyone, including people without symptoms, should be encouraged to wear nonmedical fabric face masks while in public.“
Scott Gottlieb, Former U.S. FDA Commissioner

Hong Kong, Mongolia, South Korea and Taiwan, have covid-19 largely under control. They are all near the original epicenter of the pandemic in mainland China, and they have economic ties to China. Yet none has resorted to a lockdown. –Washington Post

Homemade Masks. Are They Good Enough?

Yes. Research shows that any barrier — tea towel, pillowcase, vacuum cleaner bag — provides some protection and is better than nothing. The layer of fabric, or even paper, across the nose and mouth creates an obstacle to respiratory droplets, helping reduce the viral load that you either exhale upon someone else or they exhale upon you.

New research has also found that spikes on the coronavirus attach extremely strongly to cells on the upper respiratory tract. That means very few virus particles are required for infection to start.

Combined with other measures, like strict hand washing, not touching your face, social distancing and staying at home, the DIY masks can add yet another layer to prevent coronavirus spread.

Why homemade masks keep yourself and others safe

1. Protect others by not spreading the virus if you have it.

2. Protect yourself by reducing your chances of catching the virus when you go outside.

3. Reduce face touching by wearing something that covers your face.

Source: Covid-19: Why We Should All Wear Masks – There Is New Scientific Rationale

How To Make Your Own Mask

And How To Spread The Word:

Post your mask photo/video to social media using #masks4everyjuan

“My mask protects you, your mask protects me.”

A Paper Towel + Rubber Bands
This is a mask that you can make with paper towels, tissue, tape, a hole puncher, wire, and rubber bands.

Sew A Professional Looking Mask
This is a more advanced mask that requires basic sewing knowledge plus fabric, scissors, and elastic.

If you can make as many as you can, please give and share with our other kababayans to let everyone have a mask and help fight this pandemic.

> Please share this information on social media to spread awareness and so that everyone will make masks! #masks4everyjuan

> Please donate medical grade masks (N95 and surgical masks) to hospitals. We are advocating for homemade masks to every Juan out there.

Make Sure to Clean Your Mask After Using

One of the objections from public health officials about the general public using masks is that the mask itself may become contaminated with the coronavirus.

Careless use of a mask, they argue, may infect you or others. It needs attention to putting it on, taking it off and sanitizing it, follow the guidelines below on how to clean your mask after using it.

You may also read this extremely detailed guide from the Indian Government (source of the two images above).

Wearing any mask in the weeks and months ahead may protect you from passing the virus onto others more at-risk. It may also prevent someone near you passing the virus onto you through respiratory droplets as they speak or cough.

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