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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): For Consumers/Patients - Facts & Information

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NY State Dept of Health

Face Covering, the Evidence, and Mask Making

DIY fabric masks

  • Provide a protective barrier to droplet transmission (especially from those who may be asymptomatic but infected, and in areas of significant community transmission)
  • Preserve the supply of N95 respirator masks for healthcare workers
  • Signal a positive social message
  • Current recommendation from the CDC (4/13/20) ("Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19") (printer friendly)



Cloth Face Covering Guidance Health Advisory (NY State DOH)   pdf 

Coronavirus: Which Mask Should You Wear? (Types, Protection, How to Make) (NY Times)

Slowing Spread of Coronavirus Infection with Homemade DIY Masks (YouTube video, 6 min 45 sec)  (Lex Fridman, MIT)

Masks4Medicine FB Page (DIY, Where to DONATE)

What's the best material for a mask? ("The best-performing designs were a mask constructed of two layers of high-quality, heavyweight “quilter’s cotton,” a two-layer mask made with thick batik fabric, and a double-layer mask with an inner layer of flannel and outer layer of cotton.")


Selected biomedical evidence: 
van der Sande, M., Teunis, P., & Sabel, R. (2008). Professional and home-made face masks reduce exposure to respiratory infections among the general population. PloS one, 3(7), e2618.

Davies, A., Thompson, K. A., Giri, K., Kafatos, G., Walker, J., & Bennett, A. (2013). Testing the efficacy of homemade masks: would they protect in an influenza pandemic?. Disaster medicine and public health preparedness, 7(4), 413–418.




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Cleaning & Disinfection, Interim Recommendations for US Households with Suspected/Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019

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