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- Wondering how to make your own face masks at home to protect yourself from the novel coronavirus outbreak? You’re not alone, and there are several great DIY face mask guides to follow.
- People across the country are being advised to wear protective face masks in order to help shied themselves and prevent becoming infected with or spreading COVID-19.
- Here, we’ll show you how to make one of the more effective types of coronavirus face mask complete with integrated virus neutralizer.
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Just 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:
- Virus Neutralizer
- Outer Layer: Option 1, option 2, option 3
- Middle Layer
- Inside Layer
- Oil Absorbing Pads
- Silicone gun
- White Tape
- Black Tape
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:
Virus neutralizerMilliard Citric Acid 2 Pound - 100% Pure Food Grade NON-GMO Project VERIFIED (2 Pound) Price:$11.99 ($0.37 / Ounce) Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission
Outer layer optionsSpunbond Pack: Polyester Nonwoven Craft Fabric Price:$9.95 Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Price: Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Brady SPC BPO500 15" x 17" Light Weight Economical Oil Only Absorbent Pads - 100 ct Price:$32.42 Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission
Middle LayerSfee 200 Pack Disposable Shoe Covers CPE Waterproof Slip Resistant Hygienic, Non Slip, Durable,… List Price:$17.98 Price:$15.98 You Save:$2.00 (11%) Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission
Inside LayerAerostar Home Max 20x20x1 MERV 13 Pleated Air Filter, Made in the USA, Captures Virus Particles… Price:$47.99 ($8.00 / Count) Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission
Oil Absorbing PadsBrady SPC BPO200 15" x 17" Light Weight Economical Oil Only Absorbent Pads - 200 ct Price:$56.45 Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission
SiliconeGE Sealants & Adhesives GE012A All Purpose Silicone 1 Sealant, 10.1oz, Clear Price:$9.90 Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission
Silicone gunNewborn 930-GTD Drip-Free Smooth Hex Rod Cradle Caulking Gun with Gator Trigger Comfort Grip, 1… List Price:$20.28 Price:$10.95 You Save:$9.33 (46%) Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission
White Tape3M Micropore Paper Tape - White, 1" x 10yds (Box of 12) List Price:$10.56 Price:$8.15 ($0.68 / Count) You Save:$2.41 (23%) Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission
Black TapeT.R.U. EL7566-AW Professional Grade Rubber Black PVC Electrical Tape, Rated up to 600 Volts and… Price:$6.99 Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission
ElasticPrice: Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission
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