If you would like to begin making masks from your home, CLICK HERE. 

People around the country are recognizing the need for homemade masks for health care workers facing shortages during the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

Individuals all over the United States are forming sewing groups, sharing patterns, creating instructional videos and demos, and doing anything they can think of to help address the needs of medical workers.

Using our sewing machines we can work together to make as many masks as we can to help hospitals in need of more supplies.

Last week, JOANN Fabrics and Craft Stores released a video on how to make face masks. The retailer encouraged people to drop off them at store locations, where they will be donated to local hospitals.

Such efforts come as hospital systems believe their manufacturers are not filling regular orders. Homemade masks are not always the best solution for a hospital, but with a diminishing supply of N95 respirators and a dramatically increasing number of virus cases, healthcare facilities are bracing for the worst.

One network of hospitals made a post on its website Saturday saying it currently has enough stock of necessary items, but wants to prepare for potential shortages in the future. It requested donations of personal protective equipment and other supplies, as well as fabric and elastic to make its own masks.

The masks are not intended to replace N95 respirators, but the idea is that cloth masks could help those respirators last longer at a time when healthcare workers are being asked to reuse masks. Research seems to demonstrate that healthcare professionals who wear cloth masks have much larger rates of infection when compared to true medical masks.

One study with a small sample group by "Public Health England's Health Protection Agency" found that surgical masks were three times more effective in blocking the transmission of influenza than masks made from cotton T-shirts.

Most professionals will admit however that cloth masks are better than nothing if they are worn responsibly. They should at least provide protection because they give you a physical barrier to protect the nose and the mouth. According to one expert, if medical professionals must use homemade masks, they should alternate between multiple masks and wash them consistently, at least daily in hot water.

The reality of the whole situation may force many hospitals to consider cloth masks. If a medical professional has to help an infected individual, they should use whatever have access to. If they can make a mask or get a homemade mask, use it. It's a life or death situation for them.

If you would like to begin making masks from your home, CLICK HERE.