Panic buying and high demand for protective gear such as masks have forced members of the public to improvise in making homemade protection.
The issue arises when people put a home-made mask onto their faces and feel invincible to the virus, this is not true. While wearing the mask the citizens could become complacent to social distancing as they feel that the mask will be enough to protect the wearer and other members of the public.
Homemade masks are not a great solution, neither are they ideal but many are saying it’s better than having zero protection. Members of the public are doing what they can during this crisis to prevent being infected. If you have no way to obtain an industry standard mask then the homemade solution is better than none at all.
The best-known protection at this stage (minimizing risks) is to stay indoors during the lockdown and only leave the house when ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.
How to make your own mask pic.twitter.com/cV6yuixi9n— Mekdem Belayneh (@mekdemb) April 1, 2020
There have been many claims that masks do not prevent the virus, which in theory is true, there is no definitive protection at this stage. Masks over the mouth and nose are merely a means to reduce the risk of infection, further factors come in to play such as the virus on a surface which then gets onto your hands and face when you touch it.
The mainstream transmission has been said to be through droplets and masks can reduce the chance of these droplets entering your mouth and even your eyes.
“masks are effective at capturing droplets, which is a main transmission route of coronavirus, and some studies have estimated a roughly fivefold protection versus no barrier alone,” said The Guardian