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COVID-19 and Face Masks – What We Currently Know (11 Apr 2020)

These resources offer the latest information on the use of face masks to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, including some recent tutorials on how to make masks at home.

Deutsche Welle (9 Apr 2020)

Everything you need to know about face masks. How useful are face masks during the coronavirus crisis? Experts can’t really agree on this: Should we wear them? And if so: who should wear them? Do they protect me, or the other person? And which types of masks make sense at all?

In many Asian countries, face masks are regarded as one of the main weapons in the fight against the coronavirus. And in China it’s even forbidden to be on the streets without a mask.

Here in Europe, we have mixed feelings about wearing masks. In times of scarcity many believe masks should be reserved for healthcare workers who depend on protection. But that view seems to have changed recently. Now more and more local authorities do recommend to wear masks in public.

So let’s talk about face masks – and what they can do for us during a pandemic.

CBS Los Angeles (10 Apr 2020)

Face Masks Now Required To Work In, Visit Essential Businesses In Los Angeles. Non-medical face masks are now required to shop, order take out in person or other activities. Kandiss Crone reports.

CNN (9 Apr 2020)

Dr. Sanjay Gupta shows how to make your own mask at home. Not sure how to make, wear or clean your own masks at home? CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta demonstrates the proper methods using materials at home so health care workers can have the N95 masks they need at work.

Good Housekeeping (10 Apr 2020)

How To Make A DIY No-Sew Face Mask. Homemade face masks have become essential items during the COVID-19 pandemic and now they’re more important than ever. The CDC recently changed its guidelines to say that everyone should wear some form of a cloth face covering in public places. If buying a mask or sewing one isn’t ideal for you, it’s surprisingly easy and Amanda Perna walks us through the steps to make a DIY face mask with materials you already have at home.

Centers for Disease Control (3 Apr 2020)

How to Make Your own Face Covering. Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, shares ways to create your own face covering in a few easy steps.

CBC Canada (3 Apr 2020)

U.S. surgeon general recommends use of non-medical masks to protect against COVID-19. Some public health officials in North America are starting to change their advice around cloth or homemade masks as a means to prevent transmission of COVID-19.

By Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson is a freelance writer and tech consultant in Iowa City. He is also the founder and Director of the ResourcesForLife.com website. Learn more at AboutGregJohnson.com

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