I hope you find the mask you picked up useful.
I really don’t know if masks work but I’m going with the “something is better than nothing theory”. My understanding is that they don’t protect you from the virus, they may protect people around you, especially if we all wear them.
I don’t know the best advice but I’m thinking:
Wash your masks on HOT before the first wear and then after each wearing. Run them through the dryer on HOT as well.
Wash your hands before and after you put the mask on or take it off.
You can iron the pleats back into place after washing your masks. Please DO NOT microwave them.
I am not taking orders.
I copied this useful info straight off the CDC website:
“CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
Should cloth face coverings be washed or otherwise cleaned regularly? How regularly?
Yes. They should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.
How does one safely sterilize/clean a cloth face covering?
A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering.
How does one safely remove a used cloth face covering?
Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.”
The masks cost about $5 in materials. If you are inspired to donate some money towards more materials and it isn’t hard on you, you can Paypal a little to JLFalkowski@gmail.com.