As health guidance moves toward recommending or mandating the use of face masks by the general public when leaving the home, people are getting creative with ways to cover their faces. This method uses a fabric of your choice, 2 hair ties and a paper clip. This simple face mask uses a bed sheet in this example.

Homemade face masks are not considered personal protective equipment and the CDC says something like this (e.g. a scarf or bandana) should only be used as a last resort. With the shortage of medical masks and N-95 masks, health officials still urge the general public to reserve actual medical masks for front line healthcare workers. There is growing support for the claim that widespread use of face masks slows the spread of COVID-19 by preventing respiratory droplets from coughs or sneezes from becoming airborne.

Disclaimer: This video makes no claim that a homemade face mask can prevent you from contracting the coronavirus or any other illness.