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Making facemasks

Post-COVID Recovery & COVID-19 | Last Active: Apr 25, 2020 | Replies (42)

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I just searched several sites where masks are being requested/accepted. These instructions, from Allina in Minnesota are typical of those offered: https://www.allinahealth.org/-/media/allina-health/files/mask-sewing-how-to.pdf Please note that the masks need to be 100% cotton, with elastic or with 100% cotton bias ties, in order to be of use to them.
They are not the same as many tutorials being offered on Facebook, YouTube, etc. If you are going to the effort of making masks, please be sure they can be safely used.
Even if the providers themselves, in any setting, can tolerate latex (as in rubber band ear loops) they have no way to know whether their patients can. That is why nearly all health care providers have transitioned away from latex of any kind. In most hospitals they do not even permit latex balloons due to risk of serious reaction.
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Thanks. I found some info too. Pretty much like yours. I can say w/confidence that Washington state is taking masks at specific hospital/care setting. Each site is making that decision. Also there are sites that will supply at home mask making with hospital grade supplies. This is Washington state protocol. Need to lookup your area, I did see other states, so might be worth your time. Rubber bands are probably not a great option anyway. Workers in Seattle are wearing bandanas for protection, so home masks may be welcomed.

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