Can homemade masks protect you from COVID-19?

Begining of March we confirmed first cases of COVID-19 outbreak and drugstores across Bosnia-Herzegovina are in short supply of protective masks due to panic over the possibility of the spread of coronavirus in our country. Few days later Goverment issued stopping all activieties, schools, stores, public transport and also al incoiming and outgoing flights.
This was huge stress for us as we didn’t prepare for such scenario hoping that we will not have so many cases. In the meantime I got request to produce protective cloth masks. I was against this for days, but then I realized few things:

 

  1. Homemade cloth masks aren’t ideal, but given the present shortages of medical-grade protective gear in the midst of a pandemic, they may be the best option for some people.
  2. What is going to be with all this one-time surgical masks after they are used?

I was shocked that medical-grade masks are not available anywhere to buy and decided to making those beauties in different design:

Anyway I advise everyone to use it with some rules:

  • they should provide protection because they give you a physical barrier to protect the nose and the mouth
  • wash them daily in hot water
  • cloth masks are better than nothing if they are worn responsibly

Stay Safe, Stay home <3

 

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