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With your own hands: how to make a medical mask so as not to get infected

Medical masks were quickly bought up in almost all stores and pharmacies. And in those places where there are still bandages on the face, sellers unreasonably overcharge them. The government is trying to tackle the problem and provide people with all primary hygiene products in a pandemic. But it seems that Moscow is still sitting without masks. However, this is not a reason to be upset, because the bandage can be made with your own hands.

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Director of the Research Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Viral Infections, infectious disease immunologist Geogiy Vikulov told Sputnik radio that a medical mask can be made from gauze. This method is sometimes practiced in the army under military field conditions, when there are not enough bandages. If someone is coughing or sneezing in your immediate vicinity, but you have nothing at hand, you should cover yourself with a scarf or handkerchief.

With your own hands: how to make a medical mask so as not to get infected

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The doctor also noted that a homemade mask should be four-layer. According to him, it is not necessary to soak it with essential oils or propolis, because it is the mechanical barrier that is important to protect against viral infections. But do not forget that such a dressing is effective for about two hours.

And yet the mask does not close all the paths through which infection can pass. To protect your eyes, you can wear non-prescription glasses, special medical glasses or sunglasses. However, most of them do not fit snugly enough to the face. Therefore, doctors tend to believe that a mask cannot reliably protect against viruses.

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How to make a mask with your own hands?

At home, you can make a cotton-gauze bandage. To make it you need :

  • gauze or medical wide bandage;
  • cotton wool;
  • scissors;
  • half a sheet of A4 paper.
Be careful. Materials should be made of natural cotton, because any percentage of impurities can hinder breathing or cause an allergic reaction.

From gauze or medical bandage, twice cut pieces of 60-70 cm long. We put them aside, later the material will come in handy for the ties.

Take half a sheet of A4 paper and spread the cotton wool on it. We wrap the sheet with cotton wool with several layers of bandage. Turn the bandage over with the paper side up and pass between the layers of the bandage two long gauze pieces that we set aside for the ties. Finally, carefully remove the paper from the gauze.

Do not forget that the cotton wool for the mask must be of high quality. Before use, check it in the following way: we stand next to the light source and shake a piece of material.If fine dust appears in the air, it is better to replace the cotton wool with a better one or with gauze folded in at least four layers.

In addition to disposable cotton wool -Gauze dressing on the Internet you can find ways to make a reusable cloth mask and dressing from gauze and ordinary napkins.

When using a homemade mask, you should follow simple rules. the mouth, but also the nose, and also went over the cheeks to the ears. The upper strings should be fixed at the back of the head , and the lower ones - on the crown. The main thing is that the mask fits snugly to the face.

When should you wear a mask?

WHO recommends wearing a mask only if you yourself are sick, cough and sneeze. Or you are helping a person with suspected coronavirus infection or other respiratory illness. In addition, a mask can only be effective in combination with regular hand hygiene. They must be thoroughly washed with soap and treated with an antiseptic.

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