Following new government advice to wear a face covering while in confined areas, people have been getting creative with making their own face masks. The plans to start easing lockdown measures will result in more people out and about, and transport authorities are urging commuters on trains and bus networks to wear a face mask, as an effort of curbing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Whether you're handy with a sewing machine, or just want to go for a fuss-free option, the principles of making a DIY fabric face mask are the same: the more layers of material the better, the mask needs to fit snugly around your face and you should be able to breathe comfortably. A study has shown that the best materials to use are tightly woven cotton, twill, natural silk or even a quilted cotton - but you can also just make do with what you have around your home. And of course, always wash your hands for 20 seconds (just as you would when putting your contact lenses in) before making, putting on and taking off your face mask.
Here's our step-by-step guide on making your own protective DIY face mask at home.