FOCUS ON FACEMASKS / W.H.O. NOW RECOMMENDS CLOTH MASKS FOR ALL

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For Immediate Release, June 14, 2020

Download all pattern designs for any size face.  Just use the handy two-measurement guide.

Engineer in U.S. Designed and Donated Custom-Fit Face Masks for All

The French Provide Solidarity Between Industry and Standards
 

Talented people have stepped up to help America get their mask on.  SNS reached out to the engineer who created multiple downloadable face mask patterns based on taking two simple facial measurements for each wearer (see illustration right).  He also categorized the offerings by regular, narrow and wide faces.  Find your fit by downloading the pdf via link upper right.  If the pattern still needs a minor tweak, see the blog on how to tailor the pattern by as little as 1/4 inch. 


Data on SARS-CoV-2 continue to grow worldwide. The WHO (World Health Organization) in June updated guidelines recommending all people wear face masks with at least three layers of fabric along with physical distancing and hand hygiene. WHO is actively encouraging research on the science of masks (see chart at bottom of June 12 story: “My mask protects you, your mask protects me,” the study summarized in brief).

CDC also issued additional guidance in May and June, including how to safely wear and take off cloth face coverings, and reduce risk of infection to help mitigate the pandemic (cdc.gov/coronavirus).  

SNS is reporting soon on French Standards that address where filtration meets breathability meets good face mask product and selections.  Stay tuned.


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Take the two measurements at right.  Download the PDF upper right.  Find the pattern that fits your measurements.  Remember, just one gap in a face mask reduces filtration efficiency by 50%.

Left:  Why where a face mask?  To help keep the pandemic's invisible virus from finding a host inside which to replicate:

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