How to Make a Mask for Coronavirus and Help Others at the Same Time
Dr. Theresa Tam and the Public Health Agency of Canada have encouraged Canadians to wear cloth masks as an additional measure to protect others and help slow the spread of COVID-19. With personal protective equipment in short supply, it may be hard for you to find or afford a mask to protect yourself and others during the coronavirus crisis. Not to worry, there are a few simple ways to make a mask from items you already have in your household. Below, we walk you through a three-step process to make a mask for coronavirus. Please note that this mask will not protect you in the way a medical-grade mask would.
Three easy steps to make a no-sew mask at home
While there are many different materials you can use to make a mask, we will be walking you through the process of making a mask with a bandana and two hair ties. If you do not have a bandana, cut up an old t-shirt into a 22-inch by 22-inch square.
With the bandana laying flat on a table, fold the top fourth of the bandana down to the middle of the bandana. Fold the bottom fourth of the bandana up so that the two ends meet in the middle.
Flip the bandana over and fold the top and bottom ends into the middle of the bandana once more.
Flip the bandana over again and put the two hair ties that you have on either end of the bandana. Fold the outside edges of the bandana in and use the hair ties to secure the mask behind your ears.
How you can help people in need get masks
If you’re interested in helping other folks protect themselves and get access to masks, there are a few different ways to make a difference.
Fundraise to cover costs of mask making
If you’re interested in making masks for others, consider starting a fundraiser to cover the cost of materials for masks. That way, you can focus your time and attention on the production side of mask making.
Crowdfunding is an easy free fundraising option that allows your network to support your generous efforts from afar. In an ordinary situation, friends and family members might come to your home and help you create masks. Because most states have strict social distancing policies in place, it may not be possible for friends to offer their time to help you. In that situation, they can still practise social distancing while also contributing to your cause through donations.
If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration, here are a few GoFundMe’s that are raising funds to get masks to folks who need them:
- Over $10,000 has been raised to provide effective masks to the most vulnerable neighbourhood in Vancouver.
- Designers at Hoax Couture are making cloth masks, using materials from their own shop, to give to long term care homes, and to First Nations communities.
- Sewers in Ottawa have united to sew masks for the general public and headbands for the frontlines.
Donate to a company that is making free masks
Although times are incredibly difficult for millions of people around the world, there is hope in the fact that people are rallying together to help others. While there are many businesses and organizations that have shifted their focus to help with coronavirus related causes, below are three companies that are making masks for people who need them.
- This fabric store is giving away free face mask supplies. Funds donated to the GoFundMe are making it possible for the fabric store to stay in business during the coronavirus pandemic.
- DHVANI is committed to providing a mask for every American and they started a GoFundMe to cover the affiliated costs of providing millions of masks. If you’re in need of a free mask, you can also request one from DHVANI.
Keep yourself and others healthy
If you’re in a situation to help others, or if you need financial help yourself, GoFundMe is the best place to start. Millions of people are suffering from the impact of COVID-19—low income families, single parents, restaurant workers, and small business owners—but none of us are in this alone. Whether you’re raising money for yourself or friends and family members in need, start a GoFundMe to ease the financial burden of the coronavirus.