Resources

In addition to our cotton face mask effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, we’ve compiled a set of articles and research to help you stay informed. As of April 3rd, 2020, the CDC recommends that everyone wear a face mask in addition to social distancing. Watch our animation or check out the links below to learn more about why we should all be wearing face masks.
 
Flatten the Curve with DIY Face Masks 
     https://youtu.be/63K3GvsQdBk

NBC News looks into some of the potential household materials, shares some studies on the effectiveness of these fabrics, and gives some tips on how to use and care for your fabric masks.
     Making Your Own Face Mask? Some Fabrics Work Better Than Others, Study Finds Edwards, Erika (2020, April 3). Making Your Own Face Mask? Some Fabrics Work Better Than Others, Study Finds. NBC News


A recent NY Times article explains why face masks are important to wear and includes some suggestions on how to make one yourself.
     Opinion | It’s Time to Make Your Own Face Mask Manjoo, Farhad (2020, March 31). Opinion | It’s Time to Make Your Own Face Mask. New York Times. 
 
Washington Post shares some reasons why wearing face masks can effectively slow the spread of COVID-19. They discuss why wearing fabric masks is a good idea for everyone, especially when there is a shortage of medical grade surgical and N-95 face masks that are most needed by healthcare professionals.             
     DIY masks for all could help stop coronavirus Howard,Jeremy (2020, March 28). Simple DIY masks for all could flatten the curve. The Washington Post.
  
Since touching your face can contribute to the spread of COVID-19, the BBC released this article on why we touch our faces and gives some strategies on how to stop. Face masks are one of the ways they suggested to minimize that habit.
     How to avoid touching your face so much Duarte, Fernando (2020, March 17). How to avoid touching your face so much. BBC
 
Here’s a comparison of DIY fabric masks and medical grade masks.
     Can DIY Masks Protect Us from Coronavirus? Robertson, Paddy (2020, March 04). Can DIY Masks Protect Us from Coronavirus? Smart Air
 
Here is a comparison of different materials for DIY masks. Check this out to learn more about why cotton is the preferred and recommended material for homemade face masks.
     What Are The Best Materials for Making DIY Masks? Robertson, Paddy (2020, March 04). What Are The Best Materials for Making DIY Masks?. Smart Air

 
 
This research, published in 2013, has more technical data about the effectiveness of face masks made of different materials. They found that a homemade mask can reduce the risk of disease transmission, although they aren’t as effective as medical grade masks. The full text is available as a free PDF download.
(PDF) Testing the Efficacy of Homemade Masks: Would They Protect in an    Influenza Pandemic? Davies, Anna & Thompson, Katy-Anne & Giri, Karthika & Kafatos, George & Walker, James & Bennett, Allan. (2013). Testing the Efficacy of Homemade Masks: Would They Protect in an Influenza Pandemic?. Disaster medicine and public health preparedness. 7. 413-418. 10.1017/dmp.2013.43.
   
This study from 2012 shows that face masks and hand washing together can decrease the spread of H1N1. While the swine flu is different from COVID-19 in many ways, the impact of face mask wearing and diligent hand washing has not changed. These practices can reduce the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.
     https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22280120 Suess T, Remschmidt C, Schink SB, Schweiger B, Nitsche A, Schroeder K, Doellinger J, Milde J, Haas W, Koehler I, Krause G, Buchholz U. The role of face masks and hand hygiene in the prevention of influenza transmission in households: results from a cluster randomised trial; Berlin, Germany, 2009-2011. BMC Infect Dis. 2012 Jan 26;12:26. doi: 10.1186/1471-2334-12-26. PubMed PMID:22280120; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3285078