If you cannot obtain a professionally produced mask, here is a simple and cheap solution to help you make a reusable protective face mask, that may* help protect you against COVID 19 droplets in the air. Whilst at the same time helping the environment, by recycling PET plastic.
Obviously you should stay at home as much as you can, but if you have to make essential outside trips or visits, and don’t have access to an industrially produced face mask, this simple idea may help protect you.
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What You Will Need?
Steps to take
1. Collect some large see through PET plastic bottles. Wash with soap for at least 20 seconds each part of the bottle – leave to dry.
2. Collect A pair of any glasses, long distance glasses, sun glasses, protective work glasses, any glasses that will fit your head. Thoroughly clean the exterior side.
3. Find your scissors, para cord or cotton, needle, a sharp knife (sharpen it if you have to – the knife needs to be very sharp, be very careful as you use it). Sellotape or other nonporous sealant. Collect a small piece of cloth that you can sew to the handles of each supporting side of the glasses. And on the outside of the plastic.
4. Take the bottle and sharp knife to your stove or use a lighter. Heat the knife. (You can try with scissors but if you do not heat the cutting blade you may split the PET plastic.
5. With a hot knife, cut the top and bottom off of the bottle, Then cut it through one side to stretch it out flat (make sure the knife is very hot, to prevent it splitting the plastic:
6. Clean and dry the surfaces of the pet plastic.
7. Put on a pair of the glasses and then place the plastic sheet around your head to position the pet plastic. Mark where the supporting arms meet the plastic to fully cover your face, then cut 2 small holes about 2 cm`s in length and as narrow as possible. Use a hot knife again for this.
8. Wrap a small piece of cloth around each arm of your glasses. You will use this to sew the cotton or para cord onto the plastic.
9. Have a separate small piece of material to sew onto the outside of the plastic
Align the glasses with the plastic, now sew from the arm to the exterior piece of cloth, using the small hole to pass the needle through.
10. Once you have connected the glasses to the plastic, carefully cover the cloth on the outside with thick sellotape or some other kind of non permeable tape. Do the same on the inner side. You now have some basic protection for your next essential visit to the shops or elsewhere. Make sure you carefully wash your mask and maintain your mask after each external visit.
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We hope you find this post helpful, we fully appreciate this is not 100% secure but it may offer you better protection against virus droplets with a home made Reusable Protective Face Mask, than little or no protection.
This video (its in Spanish, but is fairly self explanatory) from the Chilean Authorities on making a homemade mask may be an easier or additional method that you could wear inside the mask described in this blog.
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The original idea for this came from Argentine Doctor Cecilia Bicentino