The CDC Recommends Americans Wear Cloth Face Masks, So Here's a DIY No-Sew Option

The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) recently advised all Americans to start wearing cloth face masks in public to help combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, prompting many people to get creative with their coverage. Those with access to a sewing machine can follow specific patterns, but a no-sew option is also available.

Face masks are meant to slow the spread of the virus from the wearer to those around them. Celebrities like Colin Hanks, Kate Hudson, and Viola Davis have shared guides to creating the CDC-approved no-sew masks, using only a bandana (or a cotton cloth) and two hair elastics. Sometimes, a filter is fitted between the fabric. The mask should be washable and dryable in order to maintain cleanliness. See the photos above or the video below for step-by-step instructions.

It's worth noting that these DIY face coverings are not surgical masks or N95 respirators, which are still being reserved for healthcare workers. Wearing a cloth mask will not ensure protection against ingesting droplets. "Is it perfect? Does it block even the smallest particles? No," Dr. Jay Jacobsen told Fox 13 of the homemade masks. "I think in such a serious epidemic, thinking about using things that may not be perfect but have something to offer is probably a very reasonable idea."