@virgo1952 Please check the requirements by your local hospitals. Now as the sewing of these masks is increasing, elastic is in short supply and people are substituting rubber bands. Many hospitals are latex-free zones, so these rubber bands may not be able to be taken into their facilities. I would hate to see effort wasted. The local hospital here is not accepting masks, but nearby, they have asked for fabric ties to be applied if elastic is not available.
Latex allergies are serious, can be life-threatening, and we would not want to add that emergency to the already over-taxed medical system & staff!
Thank you everyone for trying to help in any way possible.