*UPDATE April 3, 2020* The CDC is now recommending Americans cover their face if they are walking inside a public building. Some cities in TEXAS have already issued ordinances that say anyone can be fined $1000 for NOT covering their face when in a public building. As the intensity of this illness progresses, I think we will see more and more of this in the cities we are living in.
Disclosure: This mask does not prevent the spread of disease and illness. And can not guarantee someone will not get sick or pass infection. Homemade cloth masks aren't ideal, but given the present shortages of medical-grade protective gear in the midst of a pandemic, they may be the best option for some people.
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Information on the use of cloth face masks for protection against COVID-19 in clinical settings
There is limited guidance and clinical research to inform on the use of reusable cloth face masks for protection against respiratory viruses. Available evidence shows that they are less protective than surgical masks and may even increase the risk of infection due to moisture, liquid diffusion and retention of the virus. Penetration of particles through cloth is reported to be high. In one study, 40–90% of particles penetrated the mask. In a cluster randomized controlled trial, cases of influenza-like illness and laboratory-confirmed viral illness were significantly higher among healthcare workers using cloth masks compared to the ones using surgical masks [1,2].
Altogether, common fabric cloth masks are not considered protective against respiratory viruses and their use should not be encouraged. In the context of severe personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages, and only if surgical masks or respirators are not available, home-made cloth masks (e.g. scarves) are proposed as a last-resort interim solution by the US CDC until availability of standard PPE is restored