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- Do-it-yourself reusable fabric masks have become a must during a pandemic
- How to make a protective mask from a bandana?
Video: Bandana Protective Mask: Simple And Cool Method
2023 Author: Lynn Laird | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 21:10
Wearing a bandana to energize her hairstyle and say 'goodbye' to boredom has become a fashion trick of every hip woman. But recently this colorful and trendy accessory has undergone a complete makeover to find a new application as a DIY protective mask! Made in less than five minutes and requiring only two materials, a protective device of this type also promises to brighten up the monotonous daily life of the confined. But what are the benefits of a bandana mask and can it actually protect us against the coronavirus? Read on to find the answers to these questions along with a tutorial with instructions and how-to videos!
Do-it-yourself reusable fabric masks have become a must during a pandemic
As a general rule, experts advise wearing an anti-virus mask so as not to infect others when you are sick. This also applies to individuals who test positive for COVID-19 but who show no symptoms of coronavirus, which can be crucial in limiting the risk of contamination. What is more, according to the Academy of Medicine, protective masks must be compulsory. Indeed, citizens of Ukraine and Morocco are already obliged to wear one.
But there is also a problem - France, like other European countries, is currently facing a significant deficit of masks and personal protective equipment in general. Given this situation, it is essential to give preference to nursing staff. It has therefore become impossible for citizens to wear protective masks. And although some online stores offer it, delivery can even take weeks due to the state of emergency.
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This severe shortage has awakened the creativity of many talented people around the world and DIY anti-virus masks have taken over social media. Many tutorials are available on the Web explaining how to make a protective mask yourself from various materials. However, experts doubt the effectiveness of these DIY protective devices.
European Union rules state that a respiratory protection mask must consist of three layers including a filter. However, the majority of homemade masks contain only one layer and no filters. They therefore cannot replace a standardized mask. In addition, the authorities and some experts stress that these devices are not effective against the coronavirus and that they do not protect the wearer or those around them. It is true that they are able to filter out large particles such as pollen and dust, but this does not apply to viruses which are microorganisms.
But wearing a DIY reusable cloth mask is better than nothing. And in the current article, we offer a very simple method that takes only 5 minutes to complete. This is the bandana mask which has the great advantage of offering many designs and patterns, there is something for everyone! Take into account therefore that it is not a filtering mask but rather an anti-splash barrier that prevents the sending of droplets from a contaminated person.
How to make a protective mask from a bandana?
In addition to offering many trendy models, the bandana mask can be made in two steps and three movements without sewing and using only two elements: two hair elastics and a square cotton bandana measuring 50 x 50 cm. Wash your hands well for at least 20 seconds and sanitize the work surface before starting.
1. As a bonus, lay out your bandana on your work surface.
2. Next, fold the bandana back over itself. Flip and press to make it smooth.
3. Slide the two rubber bands through the ends, leaving a distance of about 15 cm between the bands.
4. Finally, fold the edges and insert them into each other. Nothing complicated!
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Cotton bandanas are a great option as this soft fabric greatly reduces the risk of possible skin irritation. What's more, this protective mask is washable and reusable. So, after using your bandana mask, remove it by touching only the rubber bands. Immediately raise your hands for at least 20 seconds. This is necessary so as not to contaminate the scarf in case your fingers were in contact with the virus. However, take into account that social distancing and other preventative measures are still in order.
You may have read on the Web that the famous American actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for the coronavirus last month. So, recently the famous actor's son, Colin Hanks, shared a little tutorial on his Instagram account, showing how to make a bandana mask. So the method is the same as that already explained by our editorial staff! And now please take a look at the following two videos demonstrating how to make a protective mask from a bandana yourself.