Step-by-step instructions for homemade masks

Masks offer protection in public settings


Emily Ziessman

Photo illustration by Emily Ziessman. A homemade mask should cover ones mouth and nose tightly as well as lay flat on both sides of the face. Masks should be machine-washed frequently.

Maggie Klaers

On April 3, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a recommendation that all people wear some form of face covering in public settings, especially in places where social distancing is difficult, like grocery stores.

Amidst the shortage of personal protective gear, the CDC also recommends that surgical and N-95 masks are reserved for healthcare workers. Because of this, many people are turning to making their own masks at home. Here are two ways you can make a mask at home to protect yourself as you go on essential errands.