Personal Health

Homegrown: So you can sew a mask yourself

Shortages in respiratory delivery of protection masks at least a little cushion, were employees of the city of Essen a few days ago a creative and helpful idea. Instead of waiting for the in many hospitals rare Mouth guard and wringing our hands, attack to eat now even to needle and thread. The fabric and the patterns for the “Do-it-yourself”masks of the city. First of all, you are in charge of the youth career assistance, the society for Social services, and other small organizations in order to sew the reusable appeal. Because also the employees of a company are entered in the production, are produced in the city in the Ruhr area, currently around 15,000 so-called BMNS. As a help, not only with a detailed sewing instructions, but also important tips to care come from the town hall.

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And also in Bielefeld, some Hobby-hand workers currently in the domestic sewing machine. Because you’ll be on the official path will always be harder to protective masks, wool, provisions, said Daniel Heihoff from the German Red cross (DRK). Therefore, the DRC asks individuals, but to sew from authorities closed companies and workshops for disabled people, masks and the DRC to deliver.

Mouth guard yourself to sew: you need

The sewing instructions in the pictures you will find here.

Important! Permeability of the cloth test

Before you get started with the sewing, you should examine urgently whether Breathing is through the fabric at all possible. Fold the cloth diaper or the light cotton cloth twice and place it tightly around the mouth and nose. Try now sharply, and again exhale. This works without major respiratory resistance, the Material can be used as a Mouth guard.

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At least as important as the protection itself, while On and off, as well as the cleaning, to pay meticulous attention to the currently valid hygiene rules. So, it is recommended to store the protection the dry. Particularly important: The mask should be removed after use, without touching the potentially contaminated outer surfaces. Wash thoroughly the hands. The makeshift protection can be washed at 90 degrees in the washing machine, unless you use the recommended materials. Alternatively, it can be in a water bath for five minutes to cook.

Wear protection reduces transmission paths

The city of Essen, indicates on their Website explicitly that the self-made breath-tested protection, nor certified. It is merely intended to serve as a viable Alternative, when in the trade bottlenecks should arise. “It is useful to bear in every encounter, especially with high – risk patients – a mouth-nose protection to prevent the distribution of the droplets,” it says in the instructions accompanying notice. The Wearing of protection could reduce the Transmission of a Coronavirus infection, at least.

Christian Drosten, a virologist at Berlin’s Charité, welcomed in one of his last Podcasts, the idea is to sew a Mouth guard for yourself. “Those who have a good feeling that could do it quietly,” said the medic. At the same time, however, he warned against a false sense of security. So should also be with the mask on a good hands hygiene.

Source: City Of Essen; The Editorial Network Of Germany; “Neue Westfälische”

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