Manual on Home Made Masks to prevent COVID-19: Govt

Proposed guide is meant to provide a simple outline of best practices to make, use and reuse masks

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Manual on Home Made Masks to prevent COVID-19

This manual on Home Made Masks to prevent COVID-19 is issued by the Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India

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Masks for Curbing the Spread of SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus
“Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with
alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. If you wear a mask, then you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly.” –World Health Organization

Analyses show that if 50% of the population were to wear masks, only 50% of the population would be infected by the virus. Once 80% of the population wears a mask, the outbreak can be stopped immediately.

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Why Wear a Mask?
COVID-19 virus spreads easily from person to person contact. Virus carrying droplets dry fast enough to form droplet nuclei and remain airborne eventually landing on different surfaces. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has been detected in aerosols for up to three hours and on plastic and stainless steel surfaces for up to three days.

Reducing the chances of inhaling the virus by wearing a protective mask that is cleaned thoroughly using a combination of approaches that use Heat, UV light, water, soap and alcohol, will be vital to stopping its spread.

Proposed guide is meant to provide a simple outline of best practices to make, use and reuse masks to enable NGOs and individuals to self-create such masks and accelerate widespread adoption of masks across India. The key criteria for proposed designs are Ease of Access to Materials, Easy of Making at Home, Ease of Use and Reuse. Wearing of masks is especially recommended for people living in densely populated areas across India.

To download the manual on hand made mask, click here