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Make your own face mask?

Posted: 30 Mar 2020, 3:54pm
by Mike Sales
I see Austria has made face masks obligatory for shopping.
Since they are in short supply, I wondered whether there was anything to stop you making your own. Are they any more than a piece of cloth (clean presumably) with strings?

Re: Make your own face mask?

Posted: 30 Mar 2020, 4:13pm
by DevonDamo
If you were just wearing them to comply with a requirement to wear something before leaving the house, then you could probably get away with making something if you were handy with a sewing machine. I can't imagine anyone demanding you remove it to check for a standards mark. Personally, I'd just raid my garage and find any old grotty throwaway paper mask and keep using that. The purpose of wearing them is to prevent you from infecting others when you cough, so any barrier in front of your nose and mouth should achieve that.

If you actually wanted to wear something to protect yourself, paper masks are rarely the answer. Even the 'good' ones (i.e. those with two straps, an exhalation valve and a bit of bendy metal you fold around the bridge of your nose) wouldn't stop you breathing in an aerosol. To get decent protection from an ori-nasal mask, you'd need to be clean shaven and the mask would need to have a rubber seal and be tested that it actually fits your face shape. Alternatively, a full length face visor would protect you from other people's coughs.

I doubt they'd introduce such a requirement in the UK though. I reckon they'd decide that on balance it would cause them more problems in terms of enforcement and public unrest.

Re: Make your own face mask?

Posted: 30 Mar 2020, 4:14pm
by Tangled Metal
People here use anything from cotton bandanas to bandages. The latter I think was a triangular bandage worn like a bandana. Often with air gaps and even nose not covered. Then there's few wearing eye protection. Some wear gloves others don't.

IMHO it you really want to go the PPE route then you need a proper, rated mask that fits and you use it properly. You need eye protection and gloves. If not then your eyes can let in the virus as well as your mouth and nose.

My preference is going out later on in the day when it's quiet, use own shopping bag as basket, self service checkouts and chip & pin payment only. In other words reduce my chances of meeting someone who could be carrying the virus. I think that's better than poor PPE at busy times.

Re: Make your own face mask?

Posted: 30 Mar 2020, 4:16pm
by reohn2
They tell me Thongs are in short supply :?

Re: Make your own face mask?

Posted: 30 Mar 2020, 4:20pm
by Mike Sales
Thanks.
I was thinking about what might comply with a requirement like Austria's, not full protection.
Apart from a standards mark, what would differ between a home made and a commercially produced mask?
I guess not, if some authorities are happy with a bandana, as T.Metal says.

Re: Make your own face mask?

Posted: 30 Mar 2020, 4:22pm
by Mike Sales
reohn2 wrote:They tell me Thongs are in short supply :?


I suppose a second hand one would do the job.

Re: Make your own face mask?

Posted: 30 Mar 2020, 4:33pm
by reohn2
Mike Sales wrote:
reohn2 wrote:They tell me Thongs are in short supply :?


I suppose a second hand one would do the job.

:shock:

Re: Make your own face mask?

Posted: 30 Mar 2020, 4:45pm
by Cunobelin
DevonDamo wrote:If you were just wearing them to comply with a requirement to wear something before leaving the house, then you could probably get away with making something if you were handy with a sewing machine. I can't imagine anyone demanding you remove it to check for a standards mark. Personally, I'd just raid my garage and find any old grotty throwaway paper mask and keep using that. The purpose of wearing them is to prevent you from infecting others when you cough, so any barrier in front of your nose and mouth should achieve that.

If you actually wanted to wear something to protect yourself, paper masks are rarely the answer. Even the 'good' ones (i.e. those with two straps, an exhalation valve and a bit of bendy metal you fold around the bridge of your nose) wouldn't stop you breathing in an aerosol. To get decent protection from an ori-nasal mask, you'd need to be clean shaven and the mask would need to have a rubber seal and be tested that it actually fits your face shape. Alternatively, a full length face visor would protect you from other people's coughs.

I doubt they'd introduce such a requirement in the UK though. I reckon they'd decide that on balance it would cause them more problems in terms of enforcement and public unrest.



OT - I shaved for the first time in 40 years this week to allow Mask fitting

Re: Make your own face mask?

Posted: 30 Mar 2020, 4:58pm
by Graham
Fortunately, I have endless pairs of worn-out, grimey underpants in the garage rag-bin. No problemo . . . . .

Re: Make your own face mask?

Posted: 30 Mar 2020, 5:03pm
by reohn2
Cunobelin wrote:OT - I shaved for the first time in 40 years this week to allow Mask fitting

I'll bet a thong fits better too :wink:

Re: Make your own face mask?

Posted: 30 Mar 2020, 5:10pm
by TrevA
Use a Buff/Neck Doo-Dah.

Also, I’ve heard that banks are putting up the Contactless payment limit from £30 to £45 from 1st April, which is good because my shopping bill always seem to be just over £30.

Re: Make your own face mask?

Posted: 30 Mar 2020, 5:49pm
by T-800
There are a number of videos on social media showing how to make one from a pair of mens boxers.
Cue every chav riding nicked bikes/scooters etc to adopt this method.
https://youtu.be/gLuEE7nF9CA

Re: Make your own face mask?

Posted: 30 Mar 2020, 6:06pm
by simonhill
I'm just back from Vietnam and many/most locals were wearing some form of mask.

At first they were mainly surgical style and I was given 3 by different hotels. As time went on, the locals started to produce cloth ones that fitted over nose and chin. These were no more than double cloth, cut and machined to shape with 2 elasticated ear straps.

I got given one of these cloth ones on entering a market. It had a slot to insert a sheet of some form of membrane (akin to a sheet of toilet paper). Three sheets were supplied, but I don't know if you used them one at a time or all together.

These cloth ones were often made of bright or patterned material to appeal to kids and older fashionistas. I doubt that they would meet any international standards, but they certainly work as a first line (outgoing) barrier.

Get your sewing machine out and make one - who knows, it may even be the start of a burgeoning business.

Re: Make your own face mask?

Posted: 30 Mar 2020, 6:35pm
by iandriver
I thought face masks were of marginal help to the wearer. I guess they act as a sneeze screen, so in that respect, I guess pretty much anything will do that stops the spray. Next time I go into the bank, perhaps I'll wear a stocking over my head. What could go worng.

Re: Make your own face mask?

Posted: 30 Mar 2020, 7:18pm
by Si
reohn2 wrote:They tell me Thongs are in short supply :?


Well I guess that if you are going out wearing nothing but your thong you should have little problem maintaining a 2m exclusion zone!