If you’re in need of masks to wear outside and can’t find any of the standard ones at the store, have no fear. You can use materials in your house, such as cotton, to cut or sew a mask for you and your loved ones, and even an old t-shirt will work! Just make sure to use thick material for your masks, and if you don’t have any, you can layer thin material so that your masks are thick enough to prevent the transmission of viruses and bacteria.
You can find a lot of free templates online that will show you how to make a mask at home, including this website. There are links and step-by-step tutorials on how to make masks for children and adults, including different patterns such as pleated and non-pleated, depending on your preference.
If you are in a hurry and don’t have a mask on hand, you can use a scarf or bandana and tie it snugly around your head. Be sure that it sufficiently covers your nose and mouth, and remember to sanitize and wash your reusable masks often to prevent bacteria from staying in them.
Wearing a mask is not a difficult task to do at all. There should be no excuse for not wearing one during this pandemic when you can buy masks or easily make your own to protect yourself and others.