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How to make a homemade face mask to help prevent the spread of coronavirus

How to make a homemade face mask to help prevent the spread of coronavirus
Posted at 4:42 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 16:42:48-04

Many people are being asked to lay off on purchasing masks, as supplies run low for hospitals and other medical professions.

Instead, you can be resourceful and make a homemade mask with items you may already have around the house.

Henry Ford Health System staff devised a creative solution to the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) currently affecting hospitals across the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Follow along with Henry Ford Allegiance Health Specialists Mariah Foster and Chantell Krage as they show you ways to construct homemade face masks and eye protection.

Some of the materials that comprise these PPE items include nylon jersey fabric, elastic bands, Velcro, tongue depressors and air filter material. The hospital says these are short-term fixes to a temporary shortage.

“We hope to replenish our stock of regularly produced masks as quickly as possible,” Dr. Dulchavsky said. “Because we use thousands of masks every day in a healthcare environment, we plan to ramp up to making 500-1,000 of these masks daily at hospitals throughout our system to bridge the brief gap between now and when we receive our regular masks.”

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View a global coronavirus tracker with data from Johns Hopkins University.

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