Best-selling 3-layer face masks like the ones the CDC recommends we all wear are back in stock on Amazon at all-time low prices, but there’s another option you should explore.
Someone reverse-engineered N95 masks and shared instructions online that will show you how to make your own DIY face masks.
If done properly, these DIY face masks could provide even better protection than the 3-layer masks that are so popular on Amazon, though either option is more than good enough to protect you as long as you also practice social distancing and good hygiene.
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Head on over to Amazon and you’ll find that the retailer’s best-selling 3-layer face masks are back in stock and ready to ship. What’s more, they’re down to an all-time low price of just $0.70 per mask. As long as you practice strict social distancing and good hygiene by constantly washing your hands or using hand sanitizer (which is also in stock right now at Amazon) whenever you touch a surface in a public place, these masks are very effective. And if you want to step things up a notch, you’ll find that even thicker 4-layer KN95 face masks are back in stock as well right now. They’re definitely going to sell out soon though, so you’ll need to hurry if you want any.
Of course, you can get protection that’s as good or perhaps even better if you decide to make your own face masks.
Last week, we gave our readers an awesome guide that explained how to make coronavirus face masks at home quickly and easily. In fact, those DIY face masks are so easy to make that you don’t even have to sew. Most of the materials you need to make those particular masks are simple things that you already have lying around your house. There are really only two things you need that might not already be readily available, and they’re both in stock and shipping now from Amazon. Definitely check out our guide for more details.
As we said, those masks are great because they’re very easy to make and they’re far more effective than just a t-shirt or a scarf. That said, they’re nowhere near as effective as medical-grade face masks that some people wear. The CDC is quite clear that “any face covering is better than nothing,” but you still shouldn’t buy N95 face masks even if you do manage to find them online or in a nearby store. Doctors, nurses, first responders, and others on the front lines of the war against the novel coronavirus have a far greater need than you do, and there is still a terrible shortage of masks and other PPE.
While it’s true that something is better than nothing, there are certainly degrees of effectiveness based on the materials and design you use. The masks in the guide linked above are more effective than any basic cloth masks, for example, but now we’ve found a guide for DIY coronavirus face masks that are even more effective than those. The guide comes from the same YouTube channel, and the vlogger basically tried to reverse-engineer an N95 mask. The end result is NOT as effective as a medical-grade respirator, of course, but it’s easily one of the best face mask designs we’ve come across. In fact, it even has its own integrated virus neutralizer.
That said, this mask is a bit more complicated than the one above and there are definitely more materials that you’ll need to make it. Here’s the full materials list:
Once you’ve got all that ready to go, you’ll find all the instructions you need in the video embedded below.
Here’s a better breakdown of the materials and prices:
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