The most effective measures for preventing further spread of COVID-19 remain staying home when you are sick, maintain physical separation between other people while out in public (at least 6 feet), and frequently washing your hands with either soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
All Illinoisans should wear as mask or face covering when they must leave their home or report to work for essential operations and they either cannot or it is impractical to maintain 6 feet of physical distance between themselves and others.
• Picking up food from the drive thru or curbside pickup,
• While visiting your health care provider,
• Traveling on public transportation,
• Interacting with customers, clients, or coworkers at essential businesses,
• Performing essential services for state and local government agencies, such as laboratory testing, where close interactions with other people are unavoidable, and
• When feeling sick, coughing, or sneezing.
Best practices for making and wearing homemade masks include:
• Purchasing masks made by small businesses, saving medical masks for health care workers and potentially helping the local economy.
• Making masks from materials that will hold up to daily washing and drying. Wash and dry newly sewn masks before using them for the first time.
• Having more than one mask per person so they can be laundered daily. This will also be
helpful if your mask becomes wet, damaged, or no longer fits and you need to replace it.
• Washing your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water before putting on a mask,
immediately after removing it, or if you touch the mask while using it.
• The mask should fit snugly around your mouth and nose. A metal wire sewn or built into the
mask will help it conform to the bridge of your nose.
• Avoiding touching the mask while using it. If you do wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
• There are relatively few studies of the effectiveness of masks made from homemade materials.
Whether you use cotton fabrics, paper-based shop towels, or other materials, try to strike a balance between the materials you already have at home, how easy it will be to breathe while wearing the mask for extended periods away from home, and whether or not you would prefer to craft a new mask every day (paper) or wash and reuse your mask(s).
• Replacing your mask when wet, damaged or it no longer fits your face. Masks should not be worn damp or when wet from spit or mucus.
• Try to avoid touching the outer surface of the mask when removing it. Remove the mask by untying it or unfastening the ear loops. Place it in a bag or bin away from small children or pets until it can be laundered.
This does not replace but enhances other IDPH guidance concerning social distancing and universal masking in congregate living facilities.
homemade masks and face coverings from cloth fabric or paper. You may even be able to use a 3D Printer with open source designs if you have one at home.
CDC Cloth Face Covers FAQ – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth- face-cover-faq.html
Pennsylvania Department of Public Health Guidance on Homemade Masks during COVID-19 –
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Face Coverings FAQ –
JOANNE Fabric Stores – https://www.joann.com/make-to-give-response/
Easy No-Sew Shop Towel Mask (YouTube) – https://youtu.be/mai-UqdNRi8
Stay Safe and Stay Healthy!
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