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  • It’s practically impossible to find medical-grade face masks like N95 masks anywhere right now for protection against the novel coronavirus.
  • Even if you can find N95 masks or surgical masks in stock somewhere, it’s grossly irresponsible to buy them because there’s still a cripple shortage at hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
  • You can and should still protect yourself when you have to go out, and Amazon now has key supplies back in stock for one of the quickest and simplest DIY coronavirus face mask plans out there.
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You know the basic DIY face mask plans you’ve seen all over the internet that teach you how to make simple DIY cotton face masks? Those are okay, and in some regions around the world doctors and nurses have been told to cover their faces with any available items like t-shirts and scarves because anything is better than nothing. Still, those masks aren’t going to help you if you come in contact with any meaningful amount of the virus. You’ll need much better masks that actually have the ability to filter out microscopic particles floating in the air.

In the medical community, doctors and nurses use surgical masks or NIOSH-certified N95 masks to protect themselves against bacteria and viruses like the novel coronavirus. Unfortunately, there’s still a major shortage of medical-grade masks right now so you almost certainly won’t be able to find any to purchase. Even if you do find some, it would be grossly irresponsible to buy them yourself because the healthcare industry has a much greater need for PPE like N95 masks. So what are you supposed to do to protect yourself?

We recently came across a fantastic video that will show you how to make a DIY face mask that is much more effective than those basic masks you’ve seen plans for online. What’s more, you don’t need to sew at all and you also don’t need any hard-to-get supplies. Most of what you’ll use to make these masks is already lying around your house, and the two supplies you don’t already have are readily available now that they’re back in stock at Amazon.

First, you’ll need a MERV 13 Pleated Air Filter. If the one linked there is sold out, try this search — any well-reviewed air filer with a MERV 13 rating (nothing lower) will suffice. You’ll also need to get some Carbon Pad Charcoal Sheets for Air Filters.

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Here’s the full list of supplies and materials you’ll need:

It’s actually a very smart DIY and while it’s likely not quite as effective as a true N95 face mask, it should be more than enough to protect you from becoming infected with COVID-19 or from infecting others as long as you continue to practice social distancing. Here’s the full video with the tutorial that shows you how to make the masks:

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