COVID-19 Masks

Before You Start

This page offers information and resources for making face masks. Homemade masks are not as effective as medical masks but a shortage of supplies has made it necessary for medical professionals and service workers all over the world to find alternative solutions. The CDC also recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

When No Facemasks Are Available, Options Include: 

“HCP (healthcare personnel) use of homemade masks:

In settings where facemasks are not available, HCP might use homemade masks (e.g., bandana, scarf) for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, homemade masks are not considered PPE, since their capability to protect HCP is unknown. Caution should be exercised when considering this option. Homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face.”

Fabric Masks

What’s the best material?

3D Printed Masks

Next Steps

Mask-Making Office Hours

Fill in this form to join Prof. McDermott‘s mask-making office hours Fridays at 4:00 pm. Read through her mask resources here.