How to make a DIY face mask, correctly wear, clean a cloth face covering

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(NEXSTAR/WTNH) – Amid tightening state and local restrictions to fight the coronavirus pandemic, News 8 is here to show you how to make your own face mask at home in minutes, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommendations to make sure everyone knows how to wear – and care for – these cloth face coverings.

Governor Ned Lamont issued an Executive Order that goes into effect Monday at 8 p.m. requiring anyone in a public place to wear a face covering.

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But the order does not require citizens to wear medical-grade N-95 masks. In fact, that is discouraged; the recommendation is to leave those medical-grade masks for medical workers and first-responders.

But if you haven’t already purchased one, how can you get a mask quickly?

In the video above, News 8’s Suzie Hunter shows you how to make a face mask out of a t-shirt and two rubber bands in only minutes.

The CDC recommends the use of a face-covering in public settings where keeping a safe distance is difficult, with the following guidelines:

  • Children under 2 should not wear a face covering.
  • The covering should include multiple layers of fabric.
  • It should allow unrestricted breathing.
  • The face covering should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face.
  • It should maintain shape and quality after a machine wash and dry.

When wearing your homemade mask, make sure to properly wash your hands before putting the covering over your face. When removing it, take care not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth. Wash your hands right after.

The cloth face covering should be washed routinely depending on use, and a cycle in the washing machine/dryer is enough to clean it.

For more information and a step-by-step guide to making your own cloth face covering, see the CDC website.

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