Mouthguard against Corona – does that work?
Until a few days ago, respirators were useless in the fight against the corona virus for most people. But now celebrities like Joko Winterscheidt and Lena Meyer-Landrut are calling for a mask. Has the recommendation changed?
The urgent request remains unchanged, no professional surgical masks to buy. These should be available to medical personnel and are urgently needed in medical practices, hospitals and the like.
The following also applies: A mouthguard cannot completely prevent infection with corona viruses or other pathogens. Masks are recommended for sick people and medical staff or caregivers.
The “Mask on” initiative considers wearing a face mask from a different angle. Since coronavirus infection does not necessarily cause symptoms, if everyone behaves as if they were infected. That means: when you go out, you should not only keep your distance, but also wear a mouth and nose protection. Even self-made masks can effectively filter out some of the microparticles, as a study by the University of Cambridge shows. That is why as many people as possible should make their mouthguards themselves.
Read more: How well does a self-made mouthguard protect?
Make mouthguard yourself – instructions
To make a respirator yourself, you can use different materials, for example:
- Vacuum cleaner bags
- Tea towel
- Cotton T-shirts
It makes sense to sew the mask out of boil-proof cotton so that it can be washed in the washing machine at 90 ° C after use.
Before sewing, however, test whether the selected fabric is breathable. To do this, take the fabric twice, close it tightly around your mouth and nose and breathe in and out several times. If breathing is possible without great resistance, you can use the fabric.
Make mouthguard yourself – you need:
- Two 90 cm long and 2 cm wide strips of fabric
- Two 17 cm long and 2 cm wide strips of fabric
- A 15 cm long and flexible wire (for fixing in the nose area), e.g. Craft wire, pipe cleaner
- A 17 x 34 cm cloth made of breathable fabric
Also: an iron, pins, needle and thread or a sewing machine
Proceed as follows:
- Fold the large cloth (4) in half and iron it. The short sides are on top of each other.
- Iron three evenly distributed folds into the cloth (fold depth 1.3 cm).
- Now take the strips of fabric ((1) and (2)), fold all four pieces lengthways and iron them.
- The large cloth is now placed at the top and bottom of the folded and ironed short strips of cloth (2). The short strips of fabric serve to reinforce the edges.
- Place the wire (3) on the upper part in the edge reinforcement, i.e. between the cloth and the strip of fabric.
- Pin the edge reinforcement and sew it up.
- Put the ironed folds of the cloth (4) together and place them on the left and right in the middle of the longer strips of cloth (1). The long strips of fabric serve as headbands to attach the mask to your head later.
- Pin the headbands and sew them up.
Illustrated instructions can be found at the city of Essen.
Here’s another guide on how to make one Sew the mouthguard yourself, completely without sewing machine (the instructions start from 2: 30min):
This video shows how to make one Make your own mouthguard – from a tea towel, two rubber bands and a piece of baking paper:
If you are not adept at handicrafts or sewing, you can simply tie the fabric of a T-shirt or pillow case over your mouth and nose and tie a knot at the back of your head.
Alternatively, you can fix the fabric with rubber bands. Or you can cut off the sleeves of a T-shirt and pull them over your head like a tube scarf. You should take double the thin material.
However, since the fabric gets damp quickly, these self-made masks should really only be worn when you are entering a shop or public transport, for example. You can then remove them again when you are no longer in the immediate vicinity of other people.
Sew your mouthguard yourself – important tips and hints
- Please keep in mind that a face mask is you never completely protect against infection can or completely prevents viruses from being transmitted from you to other people.
- Despite mouth protection, the top rule still applies: Stay at home and only go out when absolutely necessary.
- Always despite the mask at least 1.5 meters away from other people adhere.
- Mouthguards always only wear once and then into the Cook linen Give or dispose (min. 60 ° C).
- Before putting on the face mask at least 20 seconds wash hands thoroughly (Read here: Instructions for correct hand washing).
- Only wear self-made mouthguard when it is no breathing problems caused!
- Wash hands thoroughly before and after removing the mask.
- Be careful not to touch your face too often.
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