Simple and easy tips to fight coronavirus

3. Make your own comfy mask

If anything positive is coming from this pandemic, one of them should be people’s resilience and creativity to come up with beautiful solutions even when the options look limited. 

As masks are difficult to come by, people are making them. And some of them are really creative and inspirational. It reminds us that we don’t have to stay as consumers all the time; we all have tremendous ability to produce/create products and solutions.

So here I am, trying to make my own mask. There is still a debate if masks really help prevent the transmission of viruses, but there is no evidence either, that shows that it’s completely useless. It also helps when you have to go grocery shopping and suddenly want to cough or sneeze – maybe because of the allergy. (No one wants you to cough in public space!) It’s also effective to stop you from subconsciously touching your face, which happens before you realize you did it. 

As I don’t know how to make a medically correct mask, mine at this point is focused on how comfortable it is to wear. It’s surprisingly unpleasant to keep something so close to your breathing system, so I wanted to choose materials that are soft and gentle on your skin. And that’s gauze, preferably made of cotton.

I don’t see many products made of gauze in the US except for medical bandages, but it’s widely used in other parts of the world for baby clothes, towels and other items that focus on softness and absorbency. You could still find gauze fabrics with nice design on Etsy. Search “gauze fabrics,””gauze towels,” or “gauze tenugui.”  I cut my unsued tenugui in four pieces to make one.

Gauze is a thin, translucent fabric with a loose open weave.  Usually made of natural fiber such as cotton or linen, they it is soft and soothing on your skin. 

I almost triple-layered to make it thick, but it’s still not so overwhelming to wear.