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Coronavirus Face Masks: PM Modi urges people to use homemade masks; changes Twitter Profile Picture

Homemade Face Masks: PM Narendra Modi urges everyone to wear masks made at home. He changes his Twitter Profile Picture to create awareness during the lockdown. Have a look at step-wise process of making the COVID-19 face masks at home.  

Apr 14, 2020 12:04 IST
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Homemade Face Masks: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 14, 2020 urged everyone to use homemade masks and stay safe during the lockdown which has been extended up to May 3, 2020. To raise awareness about the same, the Prime Minister updated his profile picture on Twitter with his face covered with 'gamcha'. The profile picture is aimed at spreading awareness on the importance of covering face, be it with homemade masks or cloth. 

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Earlier, Several states including Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh have made the wearing of masks mandatory when stepping out of home in order to combat the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Here in this article, we have listed down the steps to make washable and reusable face masks at home. Go through these steps below and start making your own face mask now.

Initially, the outbreak of the deadly virus brought into forefront the issue of shortage of face masks such as N95 and Surgical masks. Soon after the health experts announced the use of hygiene products such as hand sanitizers and face masks, the public anxiously shopped for these products, creating the deficit supply in the market. This sudden increase in the demand for N95 or Surgical masks could not be met by manufacturers and suppliers. Considering the situation, the Central Government issued the manual on the homemade masks.

The manual details about the process to choose the fabric or material for homemade masks along with the step-wise process of making the masks at home and how to reuse them. Let's have a look at step-wise process to make, use and reuse the face masks at the comfort of your home below. First, know the important details of homemade masks as listed by the Government:

Important Things to Note about Homemade Masks

The principal scientific advisor of the Central Government stated that the homemade masks, made from  t-shirts, old vests and handkerchiefs, are 70 percent effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19 virus.

People who do not display any symptoms of Coronavirus or who do not have breathing difficulties can use this reusable face masks.

Homemade masks are not recommended for COVID-19 patients, doctors, health workers and those who are in contact with COVID 19 patients.

It is suggested that people should make two sets of homemade masks for themselves so that the other can be used while the one is washed.

Do not share your face masks with any other person or other family member.

Steps to make Face Masks at home with sewing machine

Step 1: Choose a clean and 100% cotton cloth material

The face masks should be made of clean cotton cloth. The colour and print of material or fabric does not matter. To ensure that the fabric is clean, boil the fabric for 5 minutes in salt water  and dry it out. The cloth should be of these measurements:

For Adult: 9 inch x 7 inch

For Children: 7 inch x 5 inch

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Step 2: Cut four stripes of cloth

Now, cut the cloth into 4 strips for tying and piping. These strips should be cut in these measurements:

 Two strips of 1.5”x 5”

Two pieces of 1.5”x 40”

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Step 3: Take the already cut fabric and attach the 1.5x5” strips (piping) to the fabric on one end

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Step 4: Make three pleats facing downward. Each pleat should be of 1.5”.

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Step 5: Turn the pleated side and repeat the pleating process for the other side. Ensure that the pleated cloth is now of 9” to 5” size.

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Step 6: Secure the pleated cloth with the piping on both the sides. While, piping the cloth, make sure that the pleats are facing downwards.

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Step 7: Attach the 1.5”x 40” strips of cloth to the pleated cloth at top and bottom

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Step 8: Fold the strips thrice and your face mask in ready

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Note: When not worn, store your face mask in a clean sealed plastic bag

Image Courtesy: Official Manual of Union Government

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