This style of mask is more fitted than the basic surgical-style mask. It is sewn from two layers of high-quality 100% cotton fabric, with a pocket in the lining that makes it easy to insert a 0.3-micron filter for better protection against small particles. This style also features a stitched-in aluminum strip that can be fitted around the bridge of the nose for a better seal (especially nice for those of us who wear eyeglasses). At this time, I only make this style in a single size; I would say it would fit most teens and adults. You can choose elastic ear loops or a single long cotton tie, which fits behind the neck and ties on the top of the head (see the photograph). The elastics and ties are not sewn in, they simply slip through the stitched casings, which makes them easy to adjust and replace to your preference -- you can use a shoelace, a strip cut from an old t-shirt, a sturdy drawstring (like from an old hoodie) or a thicker elastic band (which would need to be tied in a knot or stitched closed).
Indicate your fabric preference by referring to the Scrabble-tile photo and fabric labels, and don't be afraid to ask if I have other choices that I haven't photographed yet!
NOTE: The CDC does NOT recommend the use of a mask for children under two years of age. Remember that cotton masks on their own are absolutely NOT effective barriers against Coronavirus -- they are not intended to keep YOU safe, but to keep OTHER people safe from YOU since we know now that many cases are completely asymptomatic but remain contagious during the incubation period (before symptoms appear). Cotton masks provide some droplet barrier in low-risk contact situations, and they serve as pretty effective reminders to keep your hands off your face
Filter-Pocket Mask (Custom)
- Wearing a mask does NOT replace social distancing. STAY HOME. Masks are only for essential work or errands like groceries. Otherwise STAY HOME.
- A cloth mask will not prevent virus particles from going through, but it can prevent you from expelling liquid droplets that may be contagious to others. Since we know cases may be asymptomatic or mild, this will help decrease spread. However, to protect yourself you still need at least 6 feet or more during essential outings, frequent hand washing, and no face touching.
- Do not touch mask while you are wearing it. It negates the use of it. If you do, wash your hands before touching anything else.
- Remove your mask as soon as you are home and wash it after every use. Wash your hands before touching anything else.
- Children under 2 should not wear a face mask. This is not safe for them per CDC.
- Remember that masks do not replace social distancing. STAY HOME. Refer to Rule #1.