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April 16, 2020
The CDC recommends we wear cloth masks when out running essential errands or in situations where we cannot easily practice at least 6 feet of social distancing from others.
There are numerous ways you can purchase cloth masks for your family, including cloth masks made by local businesses like South Tampa Trading Co. which recently launched willyswashablemasks.com. You can even check on etsy and social media to connect with locals who are making and selling masks.
The following major retailers are selling masks too, but many are on backorder so keep that in mind:
If you can’t wait, it is super easy to make your own cloth mask. The best authority on this is the Centers for Disease Control, or CDC, so we’re going to follow their guidelines to help you.
Keep in mind, children under the age of 2 should NOT wear a cloth mask and neither should those who have difficulty breathing or are not able to remove the mask on their own.
*This is NOT a CDC guideline, it is just an extra layer of protection some people are using in their cloth masks. You can read a study here on the effectiveness of different materials.
Here is what the CDC recommends. Cloth face coverings should—
When you go to remove your cloth mask, make sure you avoid touching our eyes, nose, and mouth and wash your hands immediately after removal. Obviously, you’ll also want to clean your cloth mask. A cycle through the washing machine should work.