The Importance of Face Masks + DIY How-Tos

Kailey Torres

The stress of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused citizens to undergo extreme panic and cause them to overstock their homes. One of the many items that experienced a steep incline in stores has been face masks. 


The purpose of a face mask is to avoid the spread of an individual’s saliva droplets. Wearing face masks was mainly a concern for those who were already sick or working the frontlines, but that was before it was discovered that there are asymptomatic individuals. 


Healthline states that an advisory published by the C.D.C. said, “We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.”


As of April 17, L.A. Times states that customers and employees of an essential business are required to wear a mask. The news source also includes that The California Department of Public Health says, “Their primary role is to reduce the release of infectious particles into the air when someone speaks, coughs or sneezes, including someone who has COVID-19 but feels well.”


The crash in the stock markets has caused a great decline in the number of masks that are being provided for the people. However, the brave souls working the frontlines through this pandemic need to have the best support of supplies that will protect them.


During a time like this, many people want coverage despite not being sick or not coming in contact with those who are infected. It is important to give people an alternative to the store-bought masks. Throughout the media, people have shown different ways to create masks right from the comfort of your home.

It isn’t required for people to have a surgical mask, much less an N95 mask that is a necessity for employees working with those who are infected. However, the alternative cloth coverings can help prevent the spread of the particles almost as effectively as well as giving peace of mind to the people. 


Mayor Eric Garcetti addressed this topic on April 2, “They can be made from bandanas or scarves, things like this that you have at home, folded, we’re seeing all sorts of amazing innovative ways where people can take just a simple scarf and a couple of rubber bands and make your own, or order them online.”


Here is a list of resources that demonstrate the different ways to create face masks.


How to make your own face-covering (YouTube video)

  • Easily done with a piece of cloth and rubber bands 
  • No needed sewing
  • Published by the CDC

DIY bandana and coffee filter mask (website with instructions)

  • It is the instructions after the youtube video
  • No needed sewing

How to make a face mask out of a T-shirt (website with instructions)

  • Provides necessary steps to create the product 
  • Includes sewing 

Sew and no-sew instructions  (website with instructions)

  • Provides necessary steps to create the product 
  • Published by the CDC