This is the second part of AAQB's COVID-19 resource series, where we provide information and resources to the community, and today, we'll be talking about masks!
For people who have to go to high-risk areas, it's important to have some protection from infection, and the best way to do that is with a mask.
The best and most effective type of mask is an N95 mask. However, these masks are highly specialized equipment and almost impossible to find nowadays.
So what are the alternatives?
Many people are using surgical masks, but these are NOT effective in preventing infection. They help prevent the spread of the virus if the wearer is infected, but they don't help a healthy person stay uninfected.
However, you can make a mask at home.
What you need is a piece of thick fabric or multilayered gauze that you can fit over your mouth and nose, and two pieces of elastic or string.
Attach the elastic or string to the fabric at the top and bottom to make anchors. It's crucial that those pieces of material fit very tightly and snug on your face, as that's what's protecting from the virus.
Once you're done, it should look something like this:
It's important to wash your new mask frequently.
Stay home and stay safe, everyone!
We here at AAQB hope you are staying home and staying safe, and we want to make resources available to the community during this trying time for us all.
One crucial resource that many people need is hand sanitizer. If you don't have, don't worry! You can make it at home as well with two simple recipes.
Quick Gel Formula
3 cups of Aloe Vera gel, 1 cup of Isopropyl Alcohol (Rubbing Alcohol), Tea Tree oil for smell
Simply mix the ingredients.
WHO-Approved Spray Formula
Isopropyl Alcohol, Glycerol, Hydrogen Peroxide, Water
Mix 12 fl. oz. of Isopropyl Alcohol (Vodka will do in a pinch), 2 teaspoons of Glycerol, 1 tablespoon of Hydrogen Peroxide, and 3 fl. oz. of distilled water.
Finally, put in a spray bottle.
We hope you'll find these useful. Stay home and stay safe, everyone! We're all in this together.