Friday, April 3, 2020

COVID #7 of 15, Disinfecting info graphics, DIY face mask tutorials

UPDATED 5.25.2020

This post updates information from the #5 of 8 posts in March 2020... Disinfecting DIY and Tips. Info graphics and links.

Please note the links are for general information purposes only and my comments/summaries are not tax/business/legal/medical advice. Please consult your own resources for advice that best suits your individual situation.

Use caution when mixing household chemicals. Safety first. Read labels. Do not improvise.
Bleach does expire -- about 1 year shelf life. 

If the surface can tolerate soap and water, scrubbing soap and water solution with friction for 20 sec or more on the surface and allowing to air dry is a guideline for disinfecting. Soap works to kill virus. Antibacterials kill bacteria, not virus. It's science.

Thorough hand washing and not touching your face is still the gold standard health protection practice.

From chemistry site "Compound Interest:

Use caution when removing gloves and/or face coverings. Consider them contaminated. Discard in covered trash can or wash in hot water with soap. If you can't wash them right away, put them in a plastic bag and seal it.
According to the WHO, the use of (cloth coverings and non-medical) masks should be combined with other measures, such as hand sanitizing and social distancing. Specific recommendations for proper use include:
Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not reuse masks until they have been washed.
To remove the mask: remove it from behind – do not touch the front of the mask and clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
Place used cloth masks in a bag or bin until they can be washed with detergent/soap and hot water.

UPDATE 4.21.20
NY Times Article -- how to keep your glasses from fogging up while wearing a mask

Update 5.25.20
Free downloadable face mask tutorial from artist Elise Gravel. From her Facebook page:
Free printable: Olga and Meh teach your kids (and some grownups) how to wear a mask effectively. Parents and teachers, you can print it and use it for free. No commercial use will be allowed. You can download it here:

UPDATE 5.23.20
Mask info-graphic by Affinity Consulting

UPDATE 4.10.20
NY Times DIY no-sew masks plus tips for use and cleaning

How NOT to wear a mask (NY Times 4.8.20)

No-sew Face Mask info graphic by Lili Chin, Doggie Drawings
Click on image to enlarge.

Artist Lily Williams has also shared her own post on sewing your own DIY facemask with comfort fit around the nose..

If the elastic bands around your ears are uncomfortable -- here's an option. Sew large buttons on a fabric hairband, then loop the mask bands around the buttons.

Tips on making masks more comfortable, preventing lens fogging for eyeglass etc


Data is still being gathered. Current information is that the virus can last from 2-9 days on surfaces, depending on materials and temperature conditions.


3.27.20 USA Today article w/ infographics


3.23.2020 Today Show Segment "Can You Contract Coronavirus from Delivery Packages?"
Video and text covers package safety, tips, and a big "thank you" to all the heroes at shipping centers getting essential supplies delivered to homes etc.

 3.17.20 NY Times article

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