The Centers for Disease Control is now recommending that you wear a cloth mask when in public. In a new release released Friday, CDC said:

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It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slow the spread of the virus.  CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

Please remember that the best way to stop the spread is to stay home, practice social distancing (at least 6 feet) and by washing your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds.

Here are some DIY tutorials from YouTube that are helpful.

This one requires no sewing. All you need is a t-shirt with elastic.

Here's how to make a face mask out of a bandana with ponytail holders.

Check out tips and tricks from Joanne's.

Sewing made simple with this one.

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