The dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® is grateful for the opportunity to work with amazing people around the world, who continually strive to help others. As we try to overcome COVID-19 with social distancing, you can help by making homemade fabric masks to use in your own community.
As the COVID-19 situation progresses around the world, the supply of surgical masks is depleting in many communities. Many are generously offering to help assist by sewing cloth masks. While the Center for Disease Control and Prevention doesn’t suggest cloth material as a first-line defense against COVID-19, cloth masks do work well for other conditions and can help conserve precious reserves of N-95 respirator masks. In times of emergency, when all compliant supplies have been exhausted, the CDC allows fabric masks to be used.
You can read more from the CDC on this subject here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/ppe-strategy/face-masks.html.
Determine where masks are needed in your community. Before you begin sewing, reach out to hospitals, clinics, care centers, and so on to see if they accept donations of fabric masks and to find out any specific requirements they might have.
Find and use a pattern that fits your needs. Some recommended sewing patterns can be found below. Note the versions with and without elastic.
Basic pleated mask video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FB–BOyTiU
Pattern tutorial: https://buttoncounter.com/2018/01/14/facemask-a-picture-tutorial/
Ergonomic mask video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=cvKjgMKC7wc&feature=emb_logo
Mask with removable filter pattern: https://makefacemasks.com/pdf/Facemask_pattern_and_guidelines_20200318_v2.pdf
Wash and sanitize the completed mask, putting them in a ziplock bag to prevent contamination.
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