• help stop you giving someone else the coronavirus,
• help stop you infecting yourself by touching your face,
• remind you of other safety measures (surface cleaning etc).
There is a worldwide shortage of medical masks - so make your own!
Why masks make sense
In Japan people often wear surgical masks when they are ill so they don't infect family, friends or colleagues. With Covid-19 rampant, isn't us wearing a mask just good manners in case we have the virus?
There are many benefits in wearing a mask during the current epidemic:
Almost every country says wear a mask while out and about - but not the UK.
A mask or scarf could might give a false sense of security but an information campaign could fix that.
Shop workers need to wear masks too as they are touching their faces and handling goods. Surely a significant transmission risk.
Medical professionals all around the world are having trouble sourcing masks, gloves etc. so the World Health Organisation (WHO) has asked us to stop buying masks.
Well if you are healthy and you only come into contact with healthy people there is no point in wearing a mask BUT as Covid-19 is well established in many areas anyone (including you) could be infected. Wearing a mask will certainly not make you sick and there is a good chance it will slow down the spread of the virus so wearing a mask seems like a public service.
The most common person-to-person transmission is from a sneeze or a cough. If someone sneezes near you droplets are thrown into the air and aerosols (very tiny droplets that float in the air) are formed. A paper towel mask should keep the droplets at bay and will significantly lower the amount of aerosol that gets to you.
If you are infected and sneeze or cough YOU will create droplets and aerosols. And do not forget you may be infectious BEFORE you have any symptoms. (However it does appear that people are MOST infectious when they have the worst symptoms.)Make a mask
Studies show we touch our face somewhere between 400 and 2,500 times a day! If you get sick your lungs become irritated and produce excess, Covid-19 infected, mucus. The area around your nose and mouth becomes a danger zone. Touch this area and you get the virus on your hands. Your hands touch a table, a cabbage or whatever and the rest is history!
You can only get Covid-19 if it gets into your insides. It doesn't pass through skin, it's not passed on having sex, it gets into you via your nose, mouth and your eyes. (NB: The OUTSIDE of your mask could carry the virus.)Make a mask
Basic info - needs to be updated