Dads make face masks to reduce their kids’ risk during coronavirus pandemic

MIAMI – Local 10 News Sports Director Will Manso and Local 10 News Anchor/Reporter Clay Ferraro don’t have a sewing machine to make a face mask. But that didn’t stop them.

For their coronavirus DIY project, they used a T-shirt, scissors, a hot glue gun or a stapler, rubber bands or hair ties, an iron, and an ironing board. Manso and his daughter used a hot glue gun and rubber bands. She used a fun tye-dye T-shirt.

Here is the simple 5-step process:

Step 1: Cut the fabric

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Step 2: Make sure the length of the fabric fits the face

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Step 3: Fold the fabric like an accordion and iron

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Step 4: Place the rubber band and glue the fabric

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Step 5: Expand the fabric and make sure it fits tightly

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Safety and choice of material

The masks made out of fabric do need to be washed after every use to be safe. They are a great accessory when you go out to walk the dog or go out for a run. Still keep in mind, you need to keep your distance from others and stay at home to reduce your risk.

Jacqueline “Soir” Rios, a local artist and product photographer, showed users how to make a face mask that can offer some protection while social distancing. Soir’s step-by-step guide requires the use of a sewing machine to make a long-lasting, good-quality mask.

“The mask with the glue will fall apart once you wash it, so you will have to glue it again or make another one,” Soir said. “You also have to think about possible allergies to the chemicals in the glue. I think hand stitching is better.”

For safety, the mask cannot leave gaps between the skin. Doctors and nurses who can’t distance themselves from patients need surgical masks, which have about 89% filtration and the N95 masks, which have a 95% filtration.

Researchers evaluated several household materials to determine, which one offered the most protection during a pandemic. Here is what they found:

Tea Towel: 72.4%

Cotton Mix: 70.2%

Antimicrobial pillowcase: 68.9%

Linen: 61.6%

Pillowcase: 57%

Silk: 54.3%

100% cotton T-shirt: 50.8%

Scarf: 48.8%

About the Authors:

Clay Ferraro joined the Local 10 News team in 2014 to take his dream job: covering big-time sports at a first-class station in paradise. 

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.