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Check here for updates from CDC, Federal, States, and Hospitals regarding Homemade protective gear. We will only be posting official sources in this blog. If you need patterns or designs go here or to one of the many sites listed on our Grassroots Page. 

 

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Health Care Professional Use of Homemade Masks

CDC, Crisis Capacity Strategies Section

In settings where facemasks are not available, HCP might use homemade masks (e.g., bandana, scarf) for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, homemade masks are not considered PPE, since their capability to protect HCP is unknown. Caution should be exercised when considering this option. Homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face.

Cleaning Fabric via CDC

Disinfecting Fabric According to the CDC
Soft surfaces
For soft surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes

Clean the surface using soap and water or with cleaners appropriate for use on these surfaces.
Launder items (if possible) according to the manufacturer’s instructions.Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.

OR

Disinfect with an EPA-registered household disinfectant. These disinfectants meet EPA’s criteria for use against COVID-19.

Laundry
For clothing, towels, linens and other items

Wear disposable gloves.
Wash hands with soap and water as soon as you remove the gloves.
Do not shake dirty laundry.
Launder items according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.
Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.
Clean and disinfect clothes hampers according to guidance above for surfaces

 

This group, groups on this site and products on this site make no claims to being PPE compliant. Any protective gear made by volunteers or represented on this site or any affiliated social media are not manufactured to PPE standard. They are made out of various materials and there is no representation or claims to their ability to filter, block or protect against any pathogen or particle. Recipients are responsible to use their own judgement in deciding to utilize these products in any setting.

CDC, Crisis Capacity Strategies Section

In settings where facemasks are not available, HCP might use homemade masks (e.g. bandana, scarf) for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, homemade masks are not considered PPE, since their capability to protect HCP is unknown. Homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to chin or below) and sides of the face.

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