Sewing Flu Masks for COVID 19

by Jessica Johannesen

We live in such strange times. The CDC advises all Americans to wear a mask. Basically, some protection is better than none. From what I’ve read, homemade masks are only an average of 70% effective, but I’d rather improve my chances of not getting it by 70% than go without.

There are two basic styles of masks. The masks above are a shaped dust mask style from Trend Patterns and below is the pleated surgical mask style, image from the tutorial by Sweet Red Poppy.

The Science

Before I go any farther as I look into the effectiveness of masks an abstract from one Pub Med article keeps coming up because it states that “none of the studies established a conclusive relationship between mask/respirator use and protection against influenza infection.”

However, if you read the rest of the sentence you will see that the authors do not say masks are useless.

[blockquote align=”none”]None of the studies established a conclusive relationship between mask/respirator use and protection against influenza infection. Some evidence suggests that mask use is best undertaken as part of a package of personal protection especially hand hygiene. The effectiveness of masks and respirators is likely linked to early, consistent and correct usage.[/blockquote]

We are not expecting masks to prevent all infection. As far as I know, abstinence is the best solution. Stay home. But since we all need to grocery shop, masks are a way to lower your exposure when you have to leave the house. And stop you from spreading it if you are a non-symptomatic carrier.

The pattern I’m going to use to make my masks is from Craft Passion. She has a great shaped mask tutorial that has a pocket for a nose shaping wire, and a great sewing tutorial to go with it.

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